ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – The FBI is searching for a missing 17-year-old last seen leaving Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Tuesday morning.
According to a news release, Emma Linek, who goes by the name of Zari, flew into Atlanta from Cleveland, Ohio. on Sept. 6. Her final destination was Boston. An FBI agent tells CBS46 that Lenik originally had a direct flight but missed it, leading to her being rebooked on a flight that connected through Atlanta.
“I want to highlight again that that flight changed, it was not scheduled. She did not know she’d be coming to Atlanta and another thing of concern is Emma has no known connections in Atlanta. She’s never been here before, nor does not know anyone in Atlanta that we know of,” said FBI Investigator Chris Macrae
Agents confirmed that Linek was last seen leaving Hartsfield’s North Daily Parking with a man. They say she did not know the man.
“We’re in discussions with that individual but at this time we have not located Emma. Emma was not with that individual,” said Macrae.
Linek has not been seen since 10 a.m. Tuesday, officials say.
“Our investigation has found that video evidence of Emma at Hartsfield airport on Tuesday morning. she was seen wandering through the airport and at times, appeared to be lost,” said Macrae. “We do need your help. Emma needs your help. Our top priority is to locate Emma and make sure she is okay and get her back with her family.”
Emma’s father appeared at the press conference, fighting back tears multiple times as he anxiously waits for official word on her safe return home.
“She’s a wonderful girl. She has a sweet and bubbly personality. She loves animals and she loves to sing. We’re anxious to have her back with us,” said Emma’s father.
She is clinically diagnosed with Autism and she needs to take daily medications. Investigators say she is not in possession of those medications at this time.
It is urgent that if the public knows anything at all or even thinks they know something, it’s important to call our tip line.
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI’s Toll-Free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).
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