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Missing Emirati teen found in mental facility

Missing teen’s mother says: “I have Eid today”

  • By Aghaddir Ali, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 23:59 October 18, 2012
  • Gulf News

Al Hosani family
  • Image Credit: Hosani family
  • Khalid Esmail Al Hosani with father Esmail in hospital.
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Dubai: An Emirati teen, the focus of a seven-day manhunt, was found in a mental facility in India on Thursday, Gulf News has learnt.

Khalid Esmail Al Hosani, 19, was located in an institution located over an hour from Bengaluru.

His overjoyed mother, Umm Khalid, of Abu Dhabi, said: “We want to get him home as quickly as possible, but it’s an emergency now. We have to take him to hospital for treatment as his condition could get worse.”

Khalid is described as “tired and confused, but OK”.

His father, Esmail Al Hosani, was reunited with his son yesterday.

In the afternoon, the father received news from the UAE Embassy in India that his son was in a mental facility.

He was later taken to see his son, and could not control his happiness when representatives of the UAE Embassy and Indian reunited the pair.

The boy went missing last Friday from a hotel room he was sharing with his father in the city.

According to the Al Hosani family, the boy was taken to the mental facility by a police officer who found him on the road.

The police officer went on holiday shortly after finding the boy. When he returned to work, he informed UAE officials of his discovery.

Al Hosani said: “My son was scared and lying on the bed, his health condition is worse.

“He was suffering for the past seven days because he did not take his medication.

“Thanks for Allah that my son is safe.”

Al Hosani extended his deep gratitude to the UAE Embassy in India, Indian police and Gulf News readers, for their efforts in reuniting the boy with his family.

An army of Gulf News readers in India had swung into action, offering help to find the teen, after reading reports of his disappearance.

His mother, Umm Khalid, told Gulf News: “I have Eid today, bless Gulf News readers for all of their help in trying to track him down, we are happy to know so many people cared to help us in our time of need."

“This really is the best day and the best news we could have had, I just want to see my son home now, safe and well.”

Comments (17)

  1. Added 16:22 October 19, 2012

    Though more then happy to see the happy end to this horrible story, I wonder why the authorities were not informed by the policeman who found the young man, and why the officials at the mental hospital did not report the arrival of the young man, to authorities. The young man obviously must have had documentation on him, or at least have been visibly shown non-India siggs, like for instance skin colour and or language....... And why was the young man brought to a mental hospital by the policeman in the first place? Is every person found on the street brought to a a mental institution by police? A person in distress can also have been experiencing something bad, and be in need of medical care, and why not bring him to a hospital, why the mental institution? But great to see the young returned! Adrian

    Adrian, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  2. Added 15:03 October 19, 2012

    i am so happy to read this news. i thank Almighty God and the people who helped the boy reuniting with the family.

    bonny, alain, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:37 October 19, 2012

    Thank God. Same time thank the police officer and Gulf news report and gulf news readers who are very much concert

    P.C.Ummer, Abudhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:11 October 19, 2012


    iftikar ahmed, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 13:59 October 19, 2012

    Good News.. Thanks for God and people who discovered, I am happy to hear this news .. Take care of him possible please try to give him good medication in India, that to in bangalore you have good doctors and sure by God's Grace he will be ok and healthy... we pray to God....

    sukaram shetty, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:58 October 19, 2012

    Allhamdulilah this is really great news...

    Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:57 October 19, 2012

    Thank you Almighty Allah

    Abdus Sattar Sheikji, Bangalore, India

  8. Added 13:03 October 19, 2012

    Thanks to Almighty Allah for re-uniting the lost son When i hear the news it was shocking for me , but beleive i pray to Allah in all sallah , to reunite and give joy to their loving parents, i am from mumbai , but i know benglarru its very nice place and good people there. Allah is great and we should all thank Allah. last but not least , Allah bring their son and entire family member to united arab emirates safetly. please parents take good care for your son with good medication.

    Imtiyaz Sakarkar, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:46 October 19, 2012

    Its really scary for the parents if the child is lost in place where he cannot even communicate and he is sick. Thank god he is safe.The parents should be more responsible to take guard of the security of the child,GN says that the boy was missed in Thailand also.Good work Bangalore Police

    vinod, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 12:31 October 19, 2012

    ii am so happy to read this news of reunity. i prayed for this last day and thank Almighty God and the people who helped the boy.

    mary, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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