Police continued searching Monday for a UCLA student who vanished Friday while traveling between his Orange County home and the university.
Ahmad Yaseen Arain, 20, a bookish computer science student, hurriedly left
his family’s home in Orange on Friday morning to catch a bus for a meeting
with an academic counselor. He was last seen by his younger brother, who
dropped him off at a Harbor Boulevard bus stop in Anaheim about 8:30 a.m.
After interviewing family members Monday morning, University of California
police ”” who are leading the investigation ”” left with Arain’s personal
computer and expect to review surveillance videos and interview drivers
from the buses Arain might have ridden. Police filed a missing-person
report with national, state and local authorities late Friday after
receiving a call from Arain’s family.
Zahida Arain, Ahmad’s mother, said she last spoke to her eldest son on his
cellphone about 9:30 Friday morning as he was presumably traveling on a Los
Angeles MTA bus to downtown Los Angeles, where he planned to transfer to
another bus bound for UCLA.
She said she admonished him for leaving the house without eating breakfast,
and he told her he would buy a late breakfast after his meeting at 11:30.
Arain, who rents an apartment near campus during the school year, had
returned home for the summer. It was his first time making the bus journey
from Anaheim to UCLA, his brother said.
The mother first grew worried Friday when she telephoned Arain a second
time about 11 a.m. and found that his phone had been turned off ”” something
that rarely happened. The family became increasingly concerned throughout
the day after Arain missed his appointment, did not attend afternoon Muslim
prayers at the school, and did not return home that night”¦