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North American Missing Persons Network
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Samiya Haqiqi

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Above Images: Haqiqi


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 12, 1999 from New York City, Queens County, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: December 1974
  • Age: 24
  • Height: 5'5-5'6"
  • Weight: 128 lbs
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Brown or Hazel
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Haqiqi is of Afghan descent.
  • Clothing: White T-shirt, over dark blue boot-cut jeans. Chunky
    black platform boots. An Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) baseball cap -- probably
    tan. A dark brown leather backpack.
  • Jewelry: A ring with diamonds in it on the third finger of her
    right hand.
  • AKA: Sami; Sammy


  • Details of Disappearance
    Samiya Haqiqi was last seen about 2:30 the afternoon of Friday, November 12, leaving Quinnipiac Law School in New Haven. She was believed to be meeting her boyfriend Fahid Popal for dinner and intended to break up with him. She was to visit her parents ater the dinner but never arrived.

    When she failed to appear, her family and local police began a search for the missing student. Three days later family members discovered Haqiqi's 1997 black Volkswagen Jetta convertible abandoned in the parking lot of a Grand Union supermarket, at Northern Boulevard and Marathon Parkway in Little Neck. According to police officials, the car was locked and there was no sign of foul play. Left behind on the seat, a gold necklace that Haqiqi was fond of wearing.

    Fahid Popal and his brother Farhad Popal, were arrested in Fremont, California, on August 2, 2002 in connection with the disappearance and death of Samiya Haqiq. Detectives discovered a clump of hair in an auto-repair garage on Long Island, where these brothers worked. A DNA analysis of the hair revealed it was Samiya's. Samiya's body has yet to be found.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New York City Police Department
    718-321-2294


    Source Information
    New York City Police Department
    Charley Project
    Namus