Relief over Aisha Khan's safe discovery is trumped by negativity, public wants answers
6:27 PM, Dec 22, 2011
1:08 PM, Dec 23, 2011
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - A woman who volunteered in the search for Aisha Khan woke up Thursday to an email inbox flooded with nasty messages. Marla Hansen said she was targeted because she lent a hand to the Khan family.
Though, Hansen doesn't regret it, because she says now the Khan family has peace.
She said, "This is what I want to spend my life doing is helping in any way that I can."
Hansen has played a part in a number of missing person cases. She listed, "Kara Kopetsky, Kelsey Smith, Larry Schnackenberg, Lisa Irwin."
This one was similar to the rest, except this one had a happy ending.
She said, "It seems people lack humanity and compassion and the ability to stay open minded and to think, 'I don't know the whole situation' but there very well could be a cause for this."
On our website, viewers demanded an apology or that the Khan family pick up the tab for the search. Hansen responded, "The truth is, you're not going to get it. It's not owed. It's not something these people are obligated to do."
She's right, according to Overland Park Police. In fact, officers told NBC Action News Thursday that no one will be responsible for paying the department back for the investigation. The reason? Khan didn't give any false reports about herself and the original 911 call came from the University of Kansas Edwards Campus. No one will be held responsible.
That's a relief to Retired FBI Agent Jeff Lanza. He explained, "If they ask for money or payment for the manpower put into that case, ultimately that may discourage others from reporting an incident. "
Lanza said, even without a financial burden, this case may still have a lasting impact on future missing persons cases.
He explained, "In the future, if something like this occurs, it's the whole matter of crying wolf. Now, people will pay less attention and it's likely that someone who is really kidnapped, really in trouble, would not get the help they deserve because they think it might be a hoax."