Kansas student disappeared after trip to Germany
Emporia, KS, United States (4E) – A 20-year-old Kansas student has been reported missing days after her roommates informed the college dorm officials last week that she did not return from her fall break trip to Germany.
According to authorities, law enforcement and other officials have been trying to locate Emilee Irsik, an Emporia State student who failed to report back to school after leaving for Europe several days ago.
After her roommates notified Residential Life staff members last week that the Wichita student has not been back from fall break, which was October 18 and 19; the university issued the missing student protocol, including contacting her parents and the Emporia State Police and Safety.
It was reported that Irsik’s own family and friends were not aware of her plans to spend the break overseas. Her family was told that she would stay on campus over the four-day break.
The student, who expressed interest to study abroad in Germany next semester, had never been to Germany. Her major is German and education.
Her aunt, Jan Jones, said “we love Emilee and we miss her and we want her to contact us through any means.”
Jones added “if it’s online, if it’s through Facebook, if she can send a message through a friend to us, our main concern for Emilee is that we just want to confirm her safety and well-being.”
Family and friends confirmed, through a Facebook page that has been set up to help find the missing student, that Irsik flew on American Airlines from Wichita to Dallas-Fort Worth International, and proceeded on October 9 to London Heathrow Airport.
She then traveled on British Airways to Hamburg, Germany, where she arrived on October 20 and cleared customs.
The student’s return flight was scheduled on October 26, but she did not board nor has she rebooked on a later flight.
Her cell phone has been turned off since she left Dallas. Attempts to reach her via email, Facebook and other sites have been unsuccessful.
Jones and others stressed that the lack of contact with her family is out of character for the confident, independent college student.
Irsik has been listed as a missing person with the National Crime Information Center registry. The American Citizen’s Service Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin has alerted the police in Hamburg about her disappearance. Other police departments in Germany also have been notified.
Acquaintances stated that she possibly visited Trier University, University of Hanover, or Bielefeld University in Germany.
Police are urging those with information about Irsik to contact local law enforcement or the U.S. State Department at (202) 647-4000 and ask to be transferred to the duty officer in Berlin.