Missing GSU student found safe

UPDATE: Monique Priester has been found safe according to the Gwinnett County Police Department. Further details were not available.


ATLANTA -- Family members want the public's help to locate a missing Georgia State University student.

Family members said they last saw Monique Priester, 21, when she left her home in Dacula Friday and took an Uber to the GSU campus.  Someone later spotted the college sophomore near Metropolitan Parkway in southwest Atlanta

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Priester lives with her mother, Jacqueline Vanloo Al-Kush and her stepfather, Maajid Al-Kush, who have not heard from her in days.

"It's unlike Monique not to communicate with her family or her friends," said her stepfather. So, I'm really concerned that you know, maybe while she was out something happened to her to where she couldn't make it home."

Family and friends believe her phone is off because calls go straight to voicemail and Priester has not updated her social media accounts since her disappearance.

Al-Kush said bank activity showed Priester's debit card was used in Nashville, TN on Monday morning.

"We don't know of anyone that she knows in Nashville, TN," he explained.  "She has no family in Nashville, TN.  So, that draws a concern."



Priester is described as being 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing about 150 to 155 pounds. She has dark brown eyes and dark brown hair that is close shaved. She was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt with lettering and shorts. Priester has a tattoo on her left forearm, gauges in both ears and a septum piercing.

Family members said she suffers from depression and anxiety disorder for which she takes medication.

Anyone with information can call Priester's family at 856-655-3228 or area police.