Missing Chinese girl, 12, found after disappearing from tour group
Friday - 03/08/2018 19:18
US police have found a 12-year-old Chinese girl who went missing from a Washington DC-area airport while on a group tour of the United States.
JinJing Ma was found in the New York City borough of Queens on Friday after detectives launched an international effort to locate the girl.
Police said she was in "extreme danger", and that they did not know whether she had any family in the US.
But they later said she was found "safe and in the custody of her parents".
Police raised alarms after JingJing vanished on Thursday morning from the Washington National Airport.
We are pleased to share that Jinjing Ma has been found and is safe. Additional details below. Thank you to all the law enforcement officials who worked tirelessly to locate her. pic.twitter.com/84JPZqJ5Ni
Surveillance footage captured her leaving the airport with an unknown Asian woman.
She departed through the arrivals terminal after receiving her passport from trip leaders and changing into new clothes.
"At some point she separated from the group stating she needed to use the restroom," Washington Airports Authority Police Chief David Huchler told reporters on Friday morning, adding that she then got into a car with a New York license plate.
The chief said that a witness on the tour had reported seeing JingJing being approached by a woman during a sightseeing tour on the grounds of the World Trade Center in New York City days earlier.