SWAT Team Rescues Forcibly Abducted College Students

Two University of Rochester students, Ani Okeke Ewo and Nicholas Kollias, went missing Saturday. They were found more than a day later by a SWAT team. Handout/Rochester Police Department

Two University of Rochester students who went missing early Saturday morning and were "held against their will" were found safe more than a day later by a SWAT team, police said.

Seniors Ani Okeke Ewo of Aurora, Illinois, and Nicholas Kollias of Northbrook, Illinois, both 21, were last seen Saturday around 2 a.m. near campus in a white 2005 BMW SUV, according to the Rochester, New York, Police Department.

On Sunday, police dispatched a SWAT team after learning the pair was being held at a nearby home. The students were rescued late Sunday night.

"We determined that these students were forcibly abducted and were being held against their will," Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said at a press conference on Sunday night.

After being rescued, Ewo and Kollias were taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries. Both are expected to recover. Local police and the University of Rochester's Public Safety Department are conducting an investigation into the incident.

Four people have been taken into custody in connection with the kidnapping, NBC News reported. It remains unclear why the two were abducted.

A university spokeswoman said the college cannot provide additional details about the investigation, but she noted there is no threat to the safety of others at the school.

"There is a collective sense of relief," university President Joel Seligman said Sunday. "This could have turned out in a very different way."