College Student, 21, Who Vanished After Saying She Was Taking An Uber is Found Safe
The 21-year-old college student who disappeared after telling her mother she was getting in an Uber cab has been found safe, officials said.
Monique Priester, from Georgia, was located Monday after last speaking with her mother three days earlier, a police spokeswoman with the Gwinnett County Police Department told InsideEdition.com.
An officer was able to make contact with Priester between 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and confirmed the Georgia State University sophomore was in good health and had left on her own accord, authorities said.
At the request of Priester, police will not disclose her location. Officials could not say if Priester had been in an Uber.
She had last spoken with her mom about 6:15 p.m. Friday, when she told her that she was leaving GSU’s campus in Atlanta in a shared Uber.
Her worried mother told reporters that since then, her daughter’s phone had gone straight to voicemail and her bank account showed activity in Nashville, Tennessee, about 250 miles away from her school.
“I’m panicked,” Jaqueline Vanloo-Alkush told WSB-TV. “I’m hoping she’s safe.”
Uber said it would only be able to hand over ride records if the company were subpoenaed, but police said they had no reason to suspect foul play in Priester’s so-called disappearance.
"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 before Priester was located.
After she was found, the Gwinnett County Police Department thanked Uber for their help.
“They were more than cooperative… before the investigator even had a chance to call Uber, they called us. We’re so grateful,” a spokeswoman with the police department told InsideEdition.com.