Rabat - Less than 48 hours after American media reported on the alleged disappearance of Rebecca Arthur after she flew to Morocco on Monday, the American teenager is on her way back to the United States.
Rabat – Less than 48 hours after American media reported on the alleged disappearance of Rebecca Arthur after she flew to Morocco on Monday, the American teenager is on her way back to the United States.
The American consulate in Casablanca received Rebecca, 17, on Saturday morning and dropped her at the Casablanca airport around 12 pm local time.
Karim Dahbi, a journalist at the Casablanca-based Radio Plus station told Morocco World News that the American teenager will most likely be boarding the 3.10 pm Royal Air Maroc flight.
Dahbi, who is also a Morocco World News correspondent in Casablanca, held a phone conversation with Simo El Adala’s mother, who pointed out that Rebecca spoke to her mother and asked her for permission to stay until the end of her vacation on July 21. Her mother authorized her request.
However, officials at the American consulate told Rebecca and her Moroccan host family that it was better to obey the U.S law regarding underage travel and proceed with her return to her home country.
According to the same source, American officials at the American consulate apologized to Simo’s family for the inconvenience caused by the sudden decision to fly Rebecca back to the U.S.
The consulate assured Simo’s family that they would be ready to facilitate the visa procedures for him in the event he decided to visit her in the United States.
The romance of the Moroccan -American young couple made headlines on Thursday after local police at Clinton in the State of Connecticut issued a press release informing the media that Rebecca had been unaccounted for since she left New York JFK airport on board the Casablanca-bound Royal Air Maroc flight.
The rumor about the circumstances of Rebecca’s disappearance spread like wildfire in the United States and Morocco.
The teenager was found safe and sound on Friday at 3 am local time in the company of her boyfriend’s family in Essaouira, 200 km south of Casablanca.
Police claimed that Rebecca had flown to Morocco without her mother’s permission.
But a video posted on YouTube on Friday shows Rebecca saying that she came to Morocco with her parents’ permission, showing the permission slip that was reportedly signed by her mother.