UPDATE: 11/8/2012 – Emilee has been found safe. She was found at the Hamburg airport Thursday afternoon where she was buying a ticket to go home.
The person working the counter for British Airways recognized Irsik as the missing American and alerted police at about 4:45 p.m., according to a statement issued by Hamburg police.
Detectives questioned Irsik, who told them she had been traveling around Germany and did not realize people were looking for her. She traveled from Hamburg to Cologne, Berlin, Munich, Rostock and Sassnitz before returning to Hamburg, according to Hamburg police.
She was not injured, and expressed a desire to return home.
Emilee Irsik, 20, a college student a Emporia State in Emporia, Kansas is missing. Emilee went on her fall break overseas, but she has not returned.
Her own family and friends didn’t know she planned to spend the break in Europe. She had told her family that was staying on campus over the four-day break. She wanted to study abroad in Germany next semester, and had never been to Germany. Her major is German and education.
Her roommates at Morse Hall called her family when she did not return.
Officials know that Emilee flew on American Airlines from Wichita to Dallas-Fort Worth International, and then to London Heathrow Airport, on Oct. 19, Irsik’s family and friends said on a Facebook group to help locate the student.
She then flew on British Airways to Hamburg, Germany, arriving Oct. 20. She cleared customs in Hamburg. She had a return flight from Germany on Oct. 26; however, she did not board her scheduled return flight, and she has not rebooked on a later flight, her family said.
Her cell phone has been off since she departed Dallas.
She has been listed as a missing person with the National Crime Information Center registry, and the American Citizen’s Service Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin been notified.
If anyone has information that may help authorities located her, they are urged to contact local law enforcement or the U.S. Department of State at 202-647-4000 and ask to be transferred to the duty officer in Berlin.
A Facebook page has been set up to help find the missing student.