Monique Priester, Student at Georgia State University, Missing After Uber Ride

By Denisse Moreno, Epoch Times
April 26, 2016 3:58 pm Last Updated: April 26, 2016 3:58 pm

The family of Monique Priester, a college student at Georgia State University, are looking for her after she went missing following an Uber ride on April 22.

The family and authorities are hoping the public will help with any clues regarding Priester, aged 21.

Photos of the student were posted on Instagram under hashtag #moniquepriester, while fliers were circulated around the college.

Priester’s mother, Jacquelin VanLoo-Al Kush, told WSB-TV that her daughter left her stepfather’s house in Dacula at about 1:30 p.m. and was on her way to a study group at the university.

Gwinnett County Police said in a press release that Priester had gotten into an argument with her stepfather prior to leaving.

VanLoo-Al Kush, 47, said the 21-year-old then called an Uber to go back home. The last phone call Priester made to her mother was at about 6:15 p.m. Police said her phone has been turned off since.

VanLoo-Al Kush told the local station that Priester was using the Uber group ride option and was around the West End waiting for the last rider to get on.

The mother said her daughter sounded normal over the phone.

Police said the VanLoo-Al Kush called emergency dispatchers and reported her missing at 7:30 p.m. on April 23.

“I’m panicked. I’m hoping that she’s safe,” she told WSB-TV.

Police said they believe Priester’s ATM card was used at a grocery story in Nashville, Tenn. Nashville is around 270 miles away from Dacula, and more than 4.5 hours driving time.

Meanwhile, Uber said it is working with authorities and has given up ride records. Officials say they have no reason to believe Priester’s disappearance was foul play.

Officials say the student has been diagnosed with depression and an anxiety disorder and was also on medication. 

Police described Priester as 5-foot-1, weighing 165 pounds, with close-shaven black hair and brown eyes. Authorities say Priester has a pierced nose and tattoo of a quote on her left forearm.  

Authorities have asked the public to contact Criminal Investigations at (770) 513-5300 with any information regarding her disappearance.