Google seeks help in search for missing executive

Wael Ghonim has not been heard of since the January 25th protests

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Google seeks help in search for missing executive Google Middle East's marketing director, Wael Ghonim is allegedly missing in Egypt after the January 25th protests.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  February 2, 2011

Concern is mounting for the safety of Google's head of marketing in the Middle East, Wael Ghonim, who has been missing since the January 25th protests in Cairo.

Google Middle East has confirmed that Ghonim is missing and has asked for help in finding him, issuing a press release stating: "A Googler, Wael Ghonim, is missing in Egypt. He has not been seen since late Thursday evening [January 25th] in central Cairo. The safety of our employees is very important to Google, so if anyone has any information please call the following U.K. number: +44 20 7031 3008."

He was last heard of in a tweet posted on January 25th that read: "Pray for #Egypt. Very worried as it seems the government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are all ready to die #Jan25."

Al Jazeera English has also put up a plea for information about his whereabouts on their blog saying: "AJE has been contacted by friends of Wael Ghonim, head of Google Middle East, who has been missing since last week. His wife is appealing for any information on his whereabouts. Ghonim was guest speaker at the Al Jazeera Forum for Online Journalism & Freedom of Opinion earlier this month."

Tweeters are putting messages up continuously asking Ghonim to get into contact with his family and asking people to help find him.

"Pls RT. Googler Wael Ghonim missing in Egypt. Last seen 27 Jan, central Cairo. Call +44 20 7031 3008 with any info ," read one of the tweets.

Initial reports after his disappearance suggested that this may be a hoax designed to feed the Egyptian government information about the whereabouts of people of interest.

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