Mariam Makhniashvili's brother is missing
George Makhniashvili, who is 17 -- the same age as Miriam was when she disappeared -- was last seen this morning before he left for school. When he didn't show up for class and didn't come home after school, Vakhtang Makhniashvili, George's father, called police.
Police chief Bill Blair said, "there could be very, very many reasons for a 17-year-old boy to not come directly home from school," but added that "this one of course draws a great deal more public attention, and our attention as well."
Blair also noted that the family contacted the media before calling police.
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