Student’s death in US: Cousin reveals details
Several relatives of Abdullah Alkadi, the Saudi scholarship student in the US whose body was found late on Thursday more than a month after he went missing, are flying to Los Angeles, California, to bring his body back home.
Alkadi’s cousin has also revealed new information about events in the hours leading up to his disappearance.
The body of 23-year-old Alkadi, who had been missing since Sept. 17, was found by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) about two-and-a-half hours away from where he lived.
Police officials had identified the body along a deserted road south of the state. His father and brother, who had launched a massive appeal on social media sites in search of Abdullah, are expected to return with the body by Thursday in time for a funeral procession on Friday.
Essam Alkadi, the victim’s cousin, confirmed that the family, which lives in the Eastern Province, received news of his death from the Saudi embassy in the US.
According to Essam, the family received condolences from Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif, and his deputy, Prince Jalawi bin Abdulaziz, both of whom had been closely following up the case.
“The Saudi embassy had also played a role in the search for the missing student during the investigation,” he added.
The LAPD had announced on Saturday that no information on the case would be released until a press conference is held on Monday.
His cousin, however, has revealed new information about events in the hours leading up to Abdullah’s disappearance.
“Abdullah was kidnapped from in front of his house,” said Essam.
“He had last communicated via telephone with his cousins, agreeing to meet them at a restaurant in Los Angeles to study.” “His cousins went to look for him after he failed to show up two hours later and stopped answering his phone.”
Abdullah, a student at California State University at Northridge in L.A., was studying for a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
His last tweet, expressing distress, was published on Sept. 15.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had also been involved in the search with the LAPD.
Ahmed Alkadi, the victim’s brother, said he is in contact with the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles to complete procedures for repatriating the body and bringing the perpetrators to justice.