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Date: May 13, 2015

For More Information Contact:
Chief of Police Jim Peschong, 402.441.7238
Officer Katie Flood, Public Information, 402.441.7226

Recent Developments in Disappearance of Anwesha Dey

On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, the Lincoln Police Department was contacted by a friend of 30 year old Anwesha Dey. She had not seen or heard from Anwesha since 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. At that time, Anwesha was leaving her friend's house, near N. 23rd & S Streets, walking to the downtown UNL campus. Since notification of her disappearance, a team of investigators have been trying to locate Anwesha.

Yesterday, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, investigators received security footage from a local business showing a woman we believe to be Anwesha Dey. She was seen attempting to cross Antelope Creek, just west of N. 22nd Street between R & S Streets at 7:27 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, 2015. There had been heavy rains in the area and the creek was flowing, south to north, rapidly. The water was observed over the concrete walkway which crosses the creek. The woman walked north of the concrete walkway, toward the moving water. She subsequently fell into the creek. She appeared to struggle in the fast moving water in an attempt to gain her footing. However, the current was moving too fast and she was carried away.

Friends have viewed the video and believe the person who fell into the water is Anwesha Dey. The family also told investigators that Anwesha did not know how to swim.

Personnel from the Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Nebraska State Patrol Air Wing and Lancaster County Sheriff's Office have been involved in searching Antelope Creek and Salt Creek for Anwesha Dey's body.

It should also be noted that Lincoln had significant amounts of rain from Wednesday evening, May 6 -Thursday, May 7, which, more than likely, carried her further downstream.

The police department is asking citizens who may have property that abuts Salt Creek from Antelope Creek to the Platte River to be watchful for Anwesha Dey's body. She was last seen wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. She was carrying a gray and orange backpack and a light blue umbrella. If anything is located that could be related to the case, please contact the Lincoln Police Department at 402-441-6000 or the local law enforcement agency.

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