Missing Skokie Teen Shows up at Police Station

It's believed Zaineb Chaudhary disappeared to avoid an arranged marriage

By Dick Johnson and BJ Lutz
|  Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011  |  Updated 1:44 PM CDT
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Missing Skokie Teen Shows up at Police Station

Zaineb Chaudhary was last seen on March 11.

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A Skokie teen who disappeared for more than a month -- possibly to avoid an arranged marriage -- has been located and is safe.

Zaineb Chaudhary, 16, walked into the Skokie police station at around 1 a.m. Wednesday, following a day of television and online coverage detailing her story.

Details of her exact whereabouts for the last month, or who was supplying her care, were not immediately available.  Police said they're still conducting interviews.

The last time anyone saw the Niles North High School sophomore was the day her father is said to have returned from a trip to his native Pakistan to find a potential husband for his daughter.

Investigators called the situation a "domestic cultural issue," and her friends and family made public pleas for her to come home.

No criminal charges related to the incident are expected, police said, adding that they're working with the family and local social services agencies to determine Chaudhary's best living situation.

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