Found Deceased OH - Amina Alhaj-Omar, 25, mental health crisis, poss. armed, Columbus, 10 June 2023 *endangered*


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Jul 7, 2018
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Columbus police are reporting that a 25-year-old woman has been missing from the north side since Saturday.

Amina Alhaj-Omar was last seen Saturday near Interstate 270 and U.S.-23 on the south side of the city. The Columbus Division of Police said it considers Alhaj-Omar to be a high-risk, endangered missing person. It warned that she may be dealing with a mental health crisis and could be armed and dangerous.

Alhaj-Omar is 5’02” tall and weighs around 135 pounds, the division said. Columbus police warned anyone who spots the missing woman to not approach her, and to instead call them at 614-645-4624.

Columbus police are expected to provide an update Wednesday on the search for a 25-year-old woman who was reported missing Saturday.

Amina Alhaj-Omar, 25, was last seen around 4 p.m. Saturday in the area of South High Street and Interstate 270. Police have said they believe Alhaj-Omar may have two kitchen knives with her and should not be approached.

Police are expected to provide an update on the search around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

No additional details were immediately available.
JUN 14

Missing persons detectives received the report on Monday and were able to locate Alhaj-Omar's vehicle that afternoon on Interstate 270 between Interstate 71 and U.S. 23 on the city's South Side. Albert said there was evidence the car may have been involved in a minor traffic crash, but the air bags didn't deploy and there was no evidence she was injured in the crash.

Police were able to obtain a video from a BP gas station in the area, located at 1091 S. High St., that showed Alhaj-Omar in the station's convenience store around 3:55 a.m. Saturday. The video showed Alhaj-Omar leaving the gas station's property around 6 a.m. that morning.

More at Columbus police continue to search for Ohio State student reported missing on Saturday
An article in the Columbus Dispatch stated that she had the knives with her in the gas station's convenience store. So was she just hanging around the BP station for two hours with her kitchen knives? The article also quoted a police officer saying that her behavior in the store was unusual. I wonder why no one called the police at that time.
Columbus police to continue seach Thursday for missing Ohio State student
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JUN 29

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus police say they are ending the active search for an Ohio State student who went missing earlier this month.

In a release, the Columbus Division of Police said the investigation into 25-year-old Amina Alhaj-Omar’s whereabouts will continue but detectives have "exhausted all leads," prompting an end to the active search.


Amina, whose 26th birthday was Thursday, has been missing since June 10, when she was last confirmed seen at a stone quarry on the city’s South Side. Miriam said police found her jacket, shoes and cellphone on the property.

The sisters said police think she could've gone in the quarry pond, believed to be very deep. Miriam said Amina loves to swim.

Police ended their weeks-long active search for her on Thursday, though they are still investigating the case.

Before she disappeared, Amina was studying social work at Ohio State University, worked as a server at a local restaurant and had interned with the victims of crime program at Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) in the spring. Her sisters describe her as someone who works hard, is busy, and focused on school and work.

Amina struggled with mental health problems in the past, though Miriam and Zenab declined to name her diagnosis to protect her privacy.

Five years ago was when they first realized something was wrong. Amina was acting very paranoid and fearful and was hospitalized for a few days. She wanted to go on walks and get away from others, Zenab said.

Zenab now thinks their mother’s death may have triggered her then. This time, the sisters think something triggered Amina’s symptoms again, though they don’t know what it was.

“She is dealing with mental health problems,” Miriam said. “She isn’t in the same frame of mind that she would (normally) be.”

Miriam thinks Amina left Friday night to go for a drive and that she just wanted to get away. Zenab said Amina likely went into the quarry to isolate herself from others.

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JUL 1, 2023
Amina and Zenab Alhaj-Omar grew up practically as twins.


Miriam, 28, found Amina’s purse outside the apartment, but no Amina.


Police described her behavior at the gas station as "very unusual," and Zenab said it's clear from the state of her apartment that her behavior was odd.

"You could just tell she was going through a crisis," she said.


With police help, Miriam found her sister’s car left on the side of Interstate 270 on the city’s Far South Side. Police said it had been in a minor collision, though the airbags weren't deployed, and they didn't think anyone was harmed.


Miriam said the right front tire was missing and the gas cap was open, so she wondered if her sister ran out of gas.

After seeing her sister's car, Miriam said she took the nearest exit off the interstate and ended up at a BP gas station on South High Street, where she showed her sister’s photo to the clerk, who said she had been there.

That was one of the last confirmed sightings of Amina. Behind the gas station, camera footage showed Amina going into a small outbuilding with bathrooms in it and then going beyond those, where a large sand, gravel and limestone quarry is located. She was spotted the morning of June 10 around 8 a.m. by staff of the Olen Corporation, which owns the quarry, but hasn’t been seen since.


ETA: Sorry, I didn't realize this was already posted - when I opened it, it had a completely different title! Sisters await return of Ohio State student who went missing
Not to be grim, but I assume her body would have floated by now if she had an accident in the pond, correct?

It sounds like she is well-loved and is good human. I hope that answers come quickly for her family, whatever they may be
JUL 16

Found deceased :(

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A Master’s degree student at Ohio State University who went missing in June was found dead, according to a statement from her family.

“On Wednesday afternoon we received a call from the Franklin County detectives when they later came to our home and informed the family that they had found Amina’s body in the quarry behind the BP gas station on S High Street where she was last seen. We are unaware of the details at this time as we have not yet received the autopsy report. We would like to ask the public for their prayers for Amina.”

Columbus police heightened its search for Alhaj-Omar in the following weeks after receiving multiple reports she was sighted at stores and near a quarry. During a press conference four days after she went missing, police say she had been seen carrying two kitchen knives.

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