Missing former SMC student found safe, in good health
Observer Staff Report | Saturday, July 27, 2019
Former Saint Mary’s student Tiffany Keokanlaya was found safe Friday after she went missing six days prior.
Keokanlaya, a 19-year-old from South Elgin, Illinois, was reported missing July 20 by her family. She was last seen on video that same day in Chicago carrying a backpack and suitcase.
“Good news!” the Village of South Elgin wrote in a Facebook post Friday. “Tiffany Keokanlaya has been found safe and in good health. South Elgin Police would like to thank the public for the tips and insights leading to this successful search.”
The Facebook post did not state the reason why she went missing, but the South Elgin Police Department stated in its initial news release that no foul play was suspected. Even so, her leaving the family home without notice was unusual, the release said.
Keokanlaya was in the process of transferring to Elgin Community College from Saint Mary’s, where she was a Belles Connect Scholar.