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Missing: Ani Ashekian (Updated Dec. 30)

 
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SarcasmKills



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 2:09 am    Post subject: Missing: Ani Ashekian (Updated Dec. 30) Reply with quote

Sorry if this is the wrong area for such a posting, but I'm just trying to help spread the word to help the family out.


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Ani Ashekian: A Young Woman Missing in Hong Kong
I am writing to you seeking help to find our Daughter, our Sister, our Best Friend.

Ani is a bright, adventurous and vibrant young woman who has a passion for travel.
Her most recent trip was to Asia - specifically to China, India Vietnam and Cambodia. Before her departure Ani only had enough time to secure a visa to China and decided she would get the other necessary travel visa's while abroad.

She left the Toronto International airport on Friday, October 24th and was scheduled to return on the 15th of December.
The fact that Ani did not board her flight home on that day was not a surprise to her friends and family for they already knew something was amiss.
Initially, Ani had kept in regular contact with her family and friends during the trip.
However, November 10th was the last that anyone has heard from Ani.
When the calls and emails abruptly stopped people began to worry.
Ani's visa statement shows 2 cash advances on the 10th of November, it is unclear whether these withdrawls were made under duress.
She has not used her visa card or her bank card since that day.
Her passport indicates that she entered Hong Kong on November 9th but that she has not left Hong Kong.

Foreign Affairs, a private investigator and the media have been contacted.
We are working on setting up a trust fund in her sister's name to help her family pay for the cost of the private investigator.

Wenddell@hotmail.com
rashekian@sympatico.ca


There is a Facebook group set-up called: MISSING: Ani Ashekian

You can also contact her sister (Rosie Kampstra) at 1-519-967-0413...


Cheers.
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eddy-cool



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How can her passport be in possssion of someone else than the bearer who is supposedly still absent?
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SarcasmKills



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

eddy-cool wrote:
How can her passport be in possssion of someone else than the bearer who is supposedly still absent?


No one else is in possession of her passport.. I'm not sure which part confused you.. She only got her visa to China while in Canada and planned to get the others while in China..

Perhaps your getting confused in some instances where visa = credit card.

Either way, any help or suggestions are obviously greatly needed and appreciated.
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kev7161



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, there's your passport visa then there is a Visa credit card (sometimes spelled in all caps - - VISA). The way "visa" is used in the story both times is all lower-case so it can be confusing.
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lost_gypsy



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 9:58 pm    Post subject: fear for the worst Reply with quote

Sad story, I hate to even think it, never mind saying it, but with so much human trafficing going on in Hong Kong PLUS it's surrounded by water...good god! Constantly in touch then POOF! Sounds like she won't be heard from again, especially when there is evidence of not one but TWO cash withdraws from her credit card and then no more word.

I hope I am wrong, but it's not likely... say a prayer for her.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've stickied this for now so that it doesn't scroll off.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved to HK forum.

And updated:

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HONG KONG UPDATES:

*** 12-29-08 - Monday - Hong Kong:
Wenddell will be meeting with the Hong Kong Police Department and detectives today. We will see what new details they can provide.

*** The group will be meeting in Central and LKF at noon today to pass out more flyers. Anyone who is able to attend should contact Preston for exact meeting location.

All levels of action and volunteering are needed. Even if you can't join in person at one of these search events, we can still use your help with research, phone calls and printing flyers etc.

If you are ANYWHERE in Hong Kong. Please take a moment and download the poster and post it at your home, work, or anywhere else you know people will see it. Thank you.

Three versions of the poster can be downloaded from this link:
http://www.kinzie.com/ani.htm

Please contact the following for more information
Preston Powell - 9534-9531 - preston.powell@gmail.com

Description of Ani Ashekian:
Age: 30
Height: 5'4" - 163 cm
Weight: 120 pounds - 55 kg. Athletic build
Hair: Brown - Long - May be curly or straight
Eyes: Brown

She was traveling with a black and blue backpack. Last seen in a white T-shirt.

** If anyone can please translate the posters into Hundi, please email FindAni@gmail.com.
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Dave_1



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am wondering a little why her relatives have waited until now to raise the alarm...surely they'd have been seriously worried by no contact within 2-3 weeks if they were close?

The idea that she has been kidnapped sounds far fetched. HK is the safest city I've been in-lived there 10 years and it is so safe. This person has either fallen somewhere and can't be seen e.g. Lantau or hill walks...or she does not want contacted. They waited from Nov 10th to Dec 27th? That is 2 months...???
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