Wife's Disappearance Ends in Strange Twist
No one would want to go through what Andre Khaleel, owner of Quick Set Printing in North Miami, FL, has experienced. His wife, Olga, had been missing since January 10—the afternoon she dropped their two young children off at her mother-in-law's house before driving to a bank in North Miami Beach to make a $2,400 cash deposit for their business. Olga's last known contact that day was a brief conversation with her secretary back at the shop to say that she had just arrived at the bank and would call her right back. The 32-year-old woman never made the deposit and just seemed to vanish. Her disappearance captured national attention. In addition to extensive media coverage within the Miami area, a grieving Andre Khaleel appeared on both CNN's Paula Zahn show and Fox News broadcasts.
Obviously devastated, Andre was convinced she would not have run off on her own accord. "I'm just so distraught and have never been so scared in my entire life. I just don't have words to describe to you what I'm going through," Khaleel told me during an interview with him more than two weeks after Olga disappeared. "The kids are asking questions at this point. They know something is wrong." He added that, as a couple, they rarely spent much time apart between running their small commercial print shop for the past 10 years and sharing the responsibility of raising seven-year-old and 18-month-old kids. Married 12 years, Olga is Cuban and Andre is Jamaican, but of Lebanese descent.
As one might expect from someone in his predicament, Khaleel felt frustrated that the police investigation had been unable to generate any leads. About 31⁄2 years ago, he was held at gunpoint during a robbery at Quick Set Printing and—as his mind wandered—even questioned out loud to me whether there might be any connection to that incident and his wife's disappearance.