100 volunteers join search for missing St. Peters woman

ST. PETERS, Mo. (KSDK) – Nursing student Bahia Bisharat disappeared without a trace on March 19, leaving behind a note in her unlocked car that simply said "good-bye."

Ten days later, nearly 100 volunteers took part in a search for the 19-year-old, scouring parts of Busch Wildlife Preserve.

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Bisharat has last seen at the St. Charles Community College campus in Dardenne Prairie, although she didn't go to class the day she disappeared. Earlier this week, she would have celebrated her 19th birthday. Police say they've seen no indication of foul play, but they haven't ruled anything out.

Bisharat's family, meanwhile, says she was kidnapped.

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Busch Wildlife Area encompasses thousands of acres of land, but the group narrowed its search to areas near SCC's campus and lakes with easy access.

Hunters who have spent time in the area stepped up to lead the groups through some very difficult terrain.

Bisharat's mother said she's starting to lose hope that her daughter will ever be found, but seeing the big group of people out searching helped rejuvenate her spirit.

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"People are motivating me and I hope we find something," Munira Qader said. "I hope we find something."

The volunteers found some make-up near a pond, as well as a torn bra strap -- items that they'll hand over to investigators.


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