May 18, 2017 06:59 PM
St. Cloud police are saying Thursday there are no criminal circumstances surrounding the four-day disappearance of a 17-year-old Annandale girl who was found safe Wednesday.
Aaliyah Kazimer returned Wednesday to the St. Cloud park where she had left her car before being reported missing Sunday. There, she was reunited with family before being taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.
"I didn't ask her one question," said her aunt, Michelle King. "I held her; I told her I was happy she was home."
Authorities said in a release Thursday that after multiple interviews, which included questioning Kazimer, it was determined she was staying with an adult male acquaintance at a St. Cloud house during the time she was gone. Police later said the man was 30 years old.
The release states it does not appear the male with whom she was staying knew she was a juvenile, "and accordingly didn't realize she may be reported as missing."
Neither Kazimer nor the male understood the scale or scope of the news coverage or her status as a missing person, police said.
Authorities said they believe Kazimer left on her own before being reported missing Sunday, and she intentionally left her keys, wallet and phone in the vehicle she left at the parking lot of Riverside Park in St. Cloud.
St. Cloud police wrote in the release the circumstances surrounding Kazimer's disappearance – including the abandoned vehicle with those possessions and a bloodhound who tracked a scent to the river – caused legitimate concern for Kazimer's welfare and warranted a missing-person investigation.
Multiple agencies were involved in ground, water and drone searches. They include the Sherburne County Sheriff's Department, the state Department of Natural Resources, the Anoka County Sheriff' Department, the Annandale Police Department, United Legacy and an outside consulting firm.
Kazimer's father, Michael Kazimer, provided the following statement Thursday:
We're happy she is home, we are extremely happy she is healthy and safe. This is the end of a parents worst nighmare. We'd like to give all thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We'd also like to thank the St. Cloud Police Department, Stearns County Sheriff's Office, Anoka County Sheriff's Office, family and friends, Annandale High School, the Jacob Wetterling Foundation, the United Legacy Foundation, news outlets, volunteers, the community and the shares on Facebook. We are eternally grateful and there aren't enough words to express our gratitude. Aaliyah is very happy to be home with us, to graduate from Annandale High School tomorrow and looking forward to going to college.
Updated: May 18, 2017 06:59 PM
Created: May 18, 2017 10:56 AM
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