OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Kelsey Smith Foundation says it will help the search for a missing college student.
Aisha Khan, a 19-year-old Olathe resident, disappeared Friday while studying at the KU Edwards campus in Overland Park.
Greg and Missey Smith met with the girl's parents, Fozia and Amanat Khan Monday night.
The Smiths are the parents of Kelsey Smith, a 17-year-old who was forced into her car outside of a Target in Overland Park in 2007.
She was found dead several days later near Longview Lake in Missouri.
A huge group of friends and relatives volunteered in the search for Kelsey. They became known as "Kelsey's Army".
Her family started a foundation in their daughter's memory.
Greg Smith said he and his wife Missey will use their experience, and Kelsey's Army, to help support Khan's family and the search for Aisha. They've also offered to be a liaison between the Khan family and the Overland Park Police Department.
The Smiths said they will only help as they are asked to; they will not insert themselves into the Khan’s situation. Greg Smith said he gave them advice to help them keep the story in the public eye.
Tuesday, a volunteer who has worked with several missing person searches in the area in the past few years helped the Khan family. Marla Hansen said it would be good if local residents searched their own yards for anything unusual. Important clues to look for are her black and white checkered coat that she was wearing the day she disappeared, black glasses and a ring.
Tuesday, police told NBC Action News that they are still investigating by interviewing friends, checking electronic and social media connections, and canvassing nearby neighborhoods.
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