College Mystery: Egyptian Students Missing
PEWAUKEE, Wis - Officials at Waukesha County Technical College notified police that three foreign students from Egypt vanished in November. A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed a homeland security investigation is now underway.
A group of seven Egyptian students arrived in Wisconsin this fall to study fields like hospitality and business. However, three of them disappeared without any notice.
Carl Rusnok, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said, “ICE’s homeland security investigations is investigating.” However, he declined to give any additional information. “That’s as much information as I can tell you right now.”
Chad Olstad, who lives near the WCTC campus, said he hopes authorities can locate the students. "Hopefully they find the guys, you know, and it's nothing more than they just quit college. But if it's something bigger, I hope they look into it and find these guys and get to the bottom of it."
The president of WCTC, Barbara Prindiville, issued the following statement:
“In mid-November, after conducting appropriate research, we determined that three students from Egypt who were enrolled at WCTC through an international study program stopped attending classes, moved out of their apartment and appeared to have left the area.
The international study program in which they were enrolled requires their fulltime attendance at WCTC as part of their being allowed entry into the United States. When they failed to appear at the college for several consecutive days and to respond to communications, we contacted the Waukesha Police Department to advise them of this situation.
The police department informed the college that they notified the Department of Homeland Security regarding this matter, and Homeland Security has commended WCTC for being proactive in notifying them in a timely manner.
Over the years, WCTC has been involved in various international study programs, and we have never had a situation like this. There were no indications or reports of any issues while these students were enrolled at the college, and we can’t speculate on the situation.
We will continue to cooperate with local police and other officials involved in investigating this matter.”