Aslam was reported missing around 10 a.m. April 27 from his parents’ home after they received a text saying Aslam had been kidnapped and warning them not to call the police or their son would be killed.
Johns Creek police, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, found the phone that sent the text near Aslam’s home. Investigators determined he purchased the phone a few days earlier from a local Target store.
After being missing for eight days, Aslam returned home unharmed May 5. He surrendered himself to the police and was charged with one misdemeanor count of false report of a crime, three felony counts of false statements, three felony counts of tampering with evidence and three felony counts of terroristic threats
Aslam told investigators he left on his own because he did not want to tell his parents he was failing English class for the second time at Georgia Gwinnett College. He tent-camped in an undeveloped area of Forsyth County until the weather turned cold and rainy. Aslam initially told police he had been drugged and kept prisoner but later recanted.