Kiu-kiu, the six-year-old girl who went missing at Kai Ching Estate, was found in a flat in the same estate 21 hours later, the Apple Daily reported Friday.
The girl, who has an elder brother and sister, is the daughter of a 37-year-old barber surnamed Sze.
The family of five used to live together in a flat in Hong Ching House.
However, Sze and his 35-year-old Thai wife have reportedly separated, and she moved out recently.
Sze hired a nanny to look after his three children.
Kiu-kiu went downstairs to the playground on her own Wednesday afternoon after the nanny took her home from school.
She ran into her good friend Yeung-yeung, 7, who was there with her domestic helper.
The two girls have known each other for half a year.
Kiu-kiu reportedly followed Yeung-yeung to her home and was reluctant to leave.
Yeung-yeung’s 75-year-old father, surnamed Ho, said he had no choice but to let Kiu-kiu stay for dinner and a sleep-over.
Meanwhile, Sze searched for his daughter for hours to no avail.
He reported her missing to police at 3 a.m. Thursday.
Kiu-kiu’s mother also posted their daughter’s pictures on Facebook, asking the public to help find her.
Police expanded their search within the estate and to nearby locations, such as the cruise terminal, the next morning.
It was not until Ho saw a news report on television about the missing girl while he was a clinic Thursday morning in Sham Shui Po that he realized Kiu-kiu was the child police were looking for.
He called the police right away.
Police officers and Kiu-kiu’s mother immediately went to Ho’s unit at Moon Ching House, at around 1 p.m.
Kiu-kiu was with Ho’s domestic helper at the time, with no signs of injury.
Police believe there was no malicious intent nor any element of abduction.
Kiu-kiu was brought home, where she gave a recorded statement.
Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the Social Welfare Department has arranged a home visit by a social worker to Kiu-kiu to find out what assistance the family might need, such as after-school care or other childcare services.
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