Danville man asks help in finding missing son, a UI senior

Danville man asks help in finding missing son, a UI senior

DANVILLE – A Danville man is asking for help in locating his missing son, a senior at the University of Illinois who was last seen in Danville more than a week ago.

Syed N. Ahmed of Danville said the last-known sighting of his 23-year-old son, Nizam Ahmed, a 2005 Danville High School graduate, was around 6 p.m. May 17 at Royal Donut, 2201 E. Main St., Danville.

Syed Ahmed said his son had stopped at Royal Donut for about two hours to use his computer and pick up some doughnuts before heading to Indianapolis to visit his mother, who's been living there with an older son, because she is not well. Ahmed said his wife is very sick right now.

Ahmed showed doughnut shop employees a picture of his son, and they confirmed that they remember him being there between 4 and 6 p.m. on May 17, and he was dressed nicely and seemed fine as he used his computer. Ahmed said employees told him his son left with doughnuts and a drink.

Syed Ahmed and more than a dozen friends and family members have been looking for Nizam Ahmed, who is the youngest of four siblings. He said they have searched all along Interstate 74 between Danville and Indianapolis, including under bridges and in ditches, for his car, a white 1999 Honda Civic, Illinois license plate number, 823 2240.

Ahmed said his son, who was planning to attend law school, had struggled with grades this semester and had told his parents he would not be graduating from the UI this spring.

But his father insists that he wasn't distraught about not graduating and was signed up to take summer classes at the UI.

"But that is not the reason he would take off without telling his mother or me," said Ahmed, who added that his son is fine mentally and physically and is not aware of his son ever drinking or taking drugs. Ahmed said his son left his cell phone at his Urbana apartment, cashed a $700 check from a friend before leaving and hasn't used any credit cards since that day, and there hasn't been any activity from his computer.

Ahmed has made a missing person report with the Urbana, Danville and Indianapolis police.

Sgt. Dan Morgan of the Urbana Police Department said it received a report about Ahmed and that a detective has been assigned to the case.

Larry Thomason said Danville police are aware of the family's concerns and have entered his vehicle description into a law enforcement database and are keeping a lookout for him.

Ahmed said he and his wife just want their youngest son back.

"I just hope he's alive. I don't care about the car, money, nothing," he said.

Anyone with information on Nizam Ahmed can call the Danville Police Department at 431-2250 or Ahmed's father, Syed N. Ahmed of Danville, at 493-9187, 493-3676 or 847-274-1359.

News-Gazette staff writers Noelle McGee and Tim Mitchell contributed to this report.


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Samreen Ahmed wrote on May 25, 2010 at 1:05 am

I would like to thank everyone for their help and prayers. I hope we find Nizam quickly.

The officers of Urbana and Danville police departments have been working diligently to find out what happened.

Thank you Tracy for this article. However, I would like to shed additional light on some of the above information.

-It was confirmed that Nizam was seen at the donut/coffee shop, which is a regular stop for all of us.

-Nizam was in route to Indianapolis to visit his family to help with the final preparations for his brother's upcoming June wedding. None of the details listed above seem out of character in any way whatsoever to us. He mentioned to more than one of us that he would be arriving by Monday evening. As a groomsman, he was supposed to be fitted for a tux and buy a suit this past week.

-The fact that there has been no activity on his credit cards, and that we have not heard from him, is what worries us.

-We hope that this article and the help of everyone who reads it will help us find him. We love him very much and pray for his safe return.

Thank you-

Samreen Ahmed
Nizam's sister

Richard Jones wrote on May 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm

I encourage private aircraft pilots who fly along the Danville-Indianapolis I-74 corridor to keep an eye out for a white passenger vehicle (Nizam's white Honda) which seems "out of place"; for example, a vehicle that appears to be partially or fully submerged in water or parked in a place which is remote from centres of human activity. Please contact the Danville P.D. with any suspicious sighting(s).

And as Samreen asks, please pray for his speedy and safe return.

Richard Jones
Los Angeles, CA (friend of Nizam's family)