Parents of 18-year-old Illinois college student missing 2 weeks ago are asking the public's help.

6 month ago

A family is pleading for the safe return of their missing 18-year-old daughter who vanished nearly two weeks ago after they have dropped her off at a train station.

Shalyha Ahmad disappeared at some point on Dec. 14 after relatives dropped her off at a train station in Chicago. They were supposed to pick up the University of Illinois at Chicago freshman later that day.

nearly two weeks later her family is asking for the public's help to find her.

"You can come home when you're ready, just try to call us and ... tell us that you're safe," her mother said.

Shalyha Ahmad's cell phone is not working and she has not tried to reach her family using Facebook Messenger as she has in the past, her mother said. Her mom said she received an anonymous tip that her daughter may be with friends from the Filipino community at UIC.

A missing person’s report was filed with the police on the day she was last seen. Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said on Thursday “we don't have any evidence that she is in any harm's way” at this time, but he added that the department continues to work with the UIC police to locate the teen.

Shalyha was described as being 5 feet 5 inches tall, 110 pounds with long black hair and dark brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a multi-colored jacket paired with blue jeans and a red beanie. She was also carrying a black Chrome messenger bag.

Anyone with information is urged to call (312) 744-8266.