Thursday, January 18, 2001

Trail grows cold for runaway

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HEBRON — Airport Police can do little more now than hope that a 16-year-old boy who disappeared from Northern Kentucky during a layover from Africa to Memphis, Tenn., will be recognized by a law enforcement officer or someone who sees a flier.

Oumar Nkeng
Oumar Nkeng
        On Wednesday, Airport Police at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport announced that their investigation of the disappearance of Oumar Larvell Nkeng was continuing and had determined that the boy told people he wanted to go to New York.

        Greyhound records show that the boy rode a bus he caught in Cincinnati all the way to its New York destination.

        Nkeng, American-born, had been traveling from Cameroon to be reunited with his mother, who lives in Memphis. After a connecting flight on Dec. 17 was canceled, he asked a Delta Air Lines customer service agent about changing the destination to New York, but the agent did not make the change, police said.

        The next morning, he took a cab from the Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell to the Greyhound station in Cincinnati, telling the cab driver he was going to New York to play soccer and visit friends.

        Nkeng has been entered as missing in the nationwide NCIC system.


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