Missing Ohio State grad student who vanished last month found dead in remote quarry

An Ohio State University graduate student who vanished last month was found dead last week in a remote quarry, according to officials and her family.

The body of Amina Alhaj-Omar, 25, was found Wednesday, her family said, according to WCMH.

The remains were discovered in a quarry behind a BP gas station where she was last spotted, her family added.

Columbus police told the news station officers found the remains in "remote area." It's unknown at this time how she died.

"We are devastated by our immense loss, but we also thank God every single day for blessing us with the privilege of knowing and loving her beautiful soul for the last twenty-five years," Alhaj-Omar's family wrote in an obituary.

Her family said in an obit that the student at Ohio State went missing on June 10.

While her initial disappearance set off a frantic search, it was suspended 19 days later after all leads were exhausted, authorities said at the time, according to WCMH.

"While the investigation is still ongoing, the active search for Miss Omar has concluded," police had said.

Alhaj-Omar graduated from Ohio State with a bachelor's degree in criminology before she began her graduate-level studies in social work, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

Relatives previously told the newspaper that police thought she might've gone into the quarry pond. Her jacket, shoes and cellphone were all found on the property, her sister said last month.

Her family said she "worked hard to pursue her admirable dream of fighting for people."

"Most people who truly knew Amina immediately remember her laugh – it was contagious and brought happiness to everyone in the room," her obituary states.

"She had a way of making people feel comfortable and welcomed in any situation. Her personality was simply beautiful – a bubbly, shy, caring, funny, and loving human being inside and out."

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