Hardin County Exchange Student Found In Canada

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An Afghani foreign exchange student studying in Forest, Ohio, near Findlay, has been found in Canada after being missing for nearly three months. As WOSU’s Steve Brown reports, the boy was reportedly seeking political asylum.

Police say 15-year-old Mohammad Karim Azizi disappeared while attending the national Future Farmers of America convention in Indianapolis last fall. Police long suspected he defected to Canada since the group coordinating his exchange program has had at least 40 of its Afghani students seek asylum in Canada since 2004.

Azizi was taking classes at Riverdale High School in Hardin county. Riverdale district superintendant Eric Hoffman says he still hasn’t been given many details about the boys status.

“As far as Riverdale, our Ag teacher did get a call from Indianapolis. That’s about all we know. We’re glad he’s safe, and that’s all the information we have received on the situation,” Hoffman says.

Canadian immigration officials have not responded to phone calls, and it’s not clear if Azizi has been granted asylum. If so, under Canadian law the teen would be guaranteed asylum for his entire family.