Georgia Mom Desperate to Find Missing Daughter

Photo of 21-year-old Monique Priester. (Credit: ABC News)
Photo of 21-year-old Monique Priester. (Credit: ABC News)

Atlanta, GA (ABC News) – Monique Priester’s brother saw her leave their Dacula, Georgia home in an Uber around 1:30 p.m. last Friday, but she never made it back to Gwinnett County that evening. She had told her mother, Jacqueline VanLoo-Al Kush, she was taking another Uber home.

Vanloo-Al Kush hasn’t seen her 21-year-old daughter, Monique Priester, since last Thursday and she hasn’t heard from her since Priester returned her mother’s phone call around 6:15 Friday evening.

“She said, ‘Mom, I see you called. I missed your call. Everything okay?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, where are you?'” Vanloo-Al Kush said.

Priester told her mother she was on campus at Georgia State University and catching an Uber back home to Gwinnett County. She had taken an Uber to campus from her Dacula, Georgia home earlier in the evening, but she told her mother she would ride with others on Uber Pool.

“And, it was cheaper to do a shared ride, a shared Uber to get back,” said Darren Howard, who is a longtime friend and classmate of Priester. “It was a shared Uber, and um, just never came home,” he added.

Priester’s phone is going to straight to voicemail. Uber told her mother they’d have to be subpeonaed to give up ride records and police say they have no reason to believe foul play was involved, although details of the missing persons report are not available yet.

Her loved ones don’t believe the 21-year-old, who only had a backpack and laptop, just left home. “Don’t be dismissive just because of her age. Look at the entire circumstance,” said her mother.

“That doesn’t sound like Mo. That doesn’t make any sense,” Howard added.

The family is asking for help in finding her.

Photos of Priester were posted on Instagram, and fliers are circulating around the Georgia State University campus in hopes of locating her.

Priester’s mother said she had left her stepfather’s home in Dacula on Friday headed downtown to campus for a study group.

Priester’s mother said she sounded normal over the phone Friday, with no hints of strife from a small argument she had with her stepfather on Thursday. “I’m panicked. I’m hoping that she’s safe,” VanLoo-Al Kush said.

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