Headlines

College Student, 21, Disappears After Telling Her Mom She Was In An Uber


Update, April 27, 8 a.m.: Police say they have found Priester, but for confidentiality reasons, will not disclose her location.

--+--

Worried loved ones are desperately searching for a young Georgia woman who disappeared after she told her mother she was getting in an Uber cab Friday.

Monique Priester, 21, last spoke with her mom about 6:15 p.m. when she said she was leaving the Georgia State University campus in Atlanta in a shared Uber, Jacqueline Vanloo-Alkush told WSB-TV.

“I’m panicked,” the frantic mother told the television station. “I’m hoping she’s safe.”

Priester was only wearing a gray tank top and shorts and was carrying a black backpack with her laptop inside when she left her stepfather’s home in Dacula around 1:30 p.m. Friday for a study group on campus.

When she checked in with her mother later that day to return a missed phone call, Priester told her she was taking the shared cab to save money.  

Read: Woman: Uber Driver Dragged Me from the Car and Broke My Jaw

Since then, Priester’s phone goes straight to voicemail, while her bank account showed activity in Nashville, Tennessee, her mother said.

Uber will only hand over ride records if the company is subpoenaed.

"Immediately upon hearing from the family, we contacted local law enforcement to offer any assistance or information that could help them locate Ms. Priester and get her home safely," an Uber spokesperson told InsideEdition.com.

Police told IE.com they have no reason to suspect foul play and said Priester had argued with one of her parents the day she vanished.

Read: Judge Denies Bail to Uber Driver Who Allegedly Killed Six in Shooting Spree

But her mother, who said her daughter suffers from depression and anxiety, said the GSU sophomore would not just disappear. She described her as sociable, intelligent and having a great sense of humor.

“Don’t be dismissive just because of her age. Look at the entire circumstance,” Vanloo-Alkush told WSB-TV.

Friends and family have taken to social media to spread the word about the college student’s disappearance, posting Priester’s image on Facebook and Instagram in hopes that the campaign will bring her home.

“Please repost!” her mother pleaded as she posted a photo and description of her daughter on Facebook.

Police said Tuesday that Priester’s disappearance is under investigation.  

Watch: Three Children Survive Alone in Car with Dead Mom After Going Missing

Related Coverage