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CAIR-SFBA: Missing Person, Missing Attention


(Oakland, CA 11/22/05) The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) is urging Bay Area media, law enforcement and public officials to escalate attention and effort in locating a missing person. Dr. Zehra Attari has been missing since Monday, November 7th and is grieved by her husband, two daughters and son.

It is the second week anniversary since Dr. Attari has been missing. There are no solid leads in the investigation thus far. The family fears that as time is passing, it will become more difficult in locating the San Jose wife and mother. We re doing our best to hold on, says Dr. Attari s husband Tasadduq Attari, but more needs to be done and not enough attention is being given to my wife s disappearance.

Frustrated by the lack of immediate response for her mother, Dr. Ruby Ali pleads for collective involvement in the search for Dr. Attari. No one is giving us information about what happened to her. I’m sure people out there have seen my mom. How could she just disappear? That’s not possible.”

Dr. Zehra Attari, a 55-year old Indian-American pediatrician was last seen at her clinic located on 2700 International Blvd. in Oakland at 5:00 pm on Monday, November 7th. She was headed towards Alameda Alliance for Health to attend a meeting, but never arrived. Her bag and keys along with $700 cash was left in the clinic. When her medical assistant called her cell phone at around 6:05 pm it appeared to be turned off. No one has been able to contact her since. She was wearing a light blue long-sleeved knit sweater with navy blue pants, black shoes and black glasses. She was driving a silver 2001 Honda Accord, license plate #4MUH810.

An initial $10,000 reward put up by the family last week has been matched by community donations to $20,000 over the weekend.

Anyone who has any information or would like to help in the search is asked to call (408) 476-6723 or (510)557-6695.

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