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October 29, 2012|By John Boyd & Pilar Pedraza | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(EMPORIA, Kan.) — Police and other officials are trying to get ahold of a student who didn't return from fall break. 

Twenty-year-old Emilee Irsik's roommates reported that she didn't return after fall break as planned.  

It was only after police began to investigate that anyone learned she'd traveled to Hamburg, Germany.  Not even her boyfriend knew. 

"I had no idea she was going to Germany," said her father, Jay Irsik.  "She's a German major at Emporia.  She had talked about how, for a semester or a year, she was going to be going over there as part of her studies."

He added, "She had briefly commented once about going over there to check out the different universities, but she never said anything about leaving."

She held return tickets for October 26th.  Her father, who now lives in North Carolina, flew back to meet the flight, but she wasn't on it and has not booked another one.


Her cell phone has been off since she left the U.S. on October 19.

"We want to make sure that Emilee is fine," said Lynn Hobson in a press release.  She's the associate vice-president of student life who oversees Residential Life. "Our hopes and prayers are with Emilee’s family and her friends as they deal with the uncertainties right now."

Irsik's mother, Sherry Irsik, says she's grateful for the help of Emilee's roommates.

The family has been in touch with the State Department, Sen. Jerry Moran's office and the United States Embassy in Berlin. The last report of Emilee's whereabouts was when she cleared customs in Germany on October 20.

Irsik is from Wichita, although her parents moved out of state after she graduated from Goddard High School in 2010. Her friends and family set up a Facebook group aimed at finding her:

"A lot of good people out there helping out," said Jay Irsik.  "(It's) very appreciated."

Family of missing Emporia State student asks for help
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