The mother of a Columbia University student who hasn’t been seen in more than a week flew to New York from her Kentucky home Friday to make a tearful appeal for her daughter's return.
The university sent an alert to students, faculty and others associated with the college Friday to be on the lookout for Nayla Kidd, a 19-year-old student who hadn’t been in contact with friends or family members since May 5.
Dr. LaCreis Kidd arrived, exhausted, at about 8 p.m. to join the search.
"For her to be missing right now, I can't wrap my head around that at all," she told NBC 4 New York.
Her daughter hasn't responded to voice mail and text messages, she said.
Kidd said last spoke to her in April about rent money.
Her daughter was first reported missing by friends.
Kidd has also asked Neal Gossett, a private investigator, to look for clues into her daughter's disappearance.
A Facebook page has also been set up to help find Kidd, a School of Engineering and Applied Science student.
"Our community is deeply concerned whenever a student is missing,” the university said. “The University is in contact with Nayla Kidd’s family and is cooperating with the New York Police Department.”
Nayla Kidd has brown eyes and is described as being about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds.
Anyone with information on Kidd’s whereabouts should call the Columbia University Public Safety office at 212-854-5555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.