Missing Chinese girl found safe in New York

Missing girl photoJinJing Ma

A 12-year-old girl who police said had been abducted from Washington Reagan National Airport has been found safe in the custody of her parents in New York City, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police said today.

Ma Jinjing had been the object of a hectic search by police after she was apparently abducted while preparing to board a flight with a tour group. Police said yesterday that an Asian woman had been seen leading the girl out of the airport terminal.

MWAA police chief David Hulcher told a news conference Friday that there “appeared to be a link” between Ma’s parents and the Asian woman who intercepted her. Earlier police said that Ma had excused herself to go to the bathroom. She was next seen wearing different clothing with the unidentified Asian woman and getting into an SUV with New York tags.

Huchler said Ma had initially a couple had earlier approached Ma while her tour group was at the World Trade Center. He said there appeared to be a link between that couple and the people she met at the airport.

Police had identified the girl as Jinjing Ma but the South China Post said the correct format is Ma JinJing.


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