FBI Warns Law Enforcement to Look Out for 11 Missing Egyptian Exchange Students
The FBI alerted state and local authorities Monday to be on the lookout for 11 Egyptian exchange students who arrived in the U.S. last month but never showed up for class.
The men, who range in age from 18 to 22, were scheduled to attend a month-long program in U.S. history and culture, plus English language instruction, at Montana State University along with six other students. The group flew from Cairo and arrived in the U.S. on July 29. All entered the U.S. legally, but officials said the no-shows violated the terms of their visas and that the government would likely send them home once they turn up.
And the obligatory disclaimer:
FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko emphasized that there was no indication that the men were involved in any illicit activity.
Here’s the part I like best - something in the post-9/11 security systems apparently is working right:
Montana State has tried repeatedly to contact the students, university spokeswoman Cathy Conover said. When that failed, the school notified Homeland Security officials and registered the Egyptians as “no-shows” in the system developed after Sept. 11 to track foreign students.
I’ll be keeping an eye on this story.