18 March 2019
Police learned that the two girls crossed the border and reached Shenzhen on Sunday. Photo: CNSA
Police learned that the two girls crossed the border and reached Shenzhen on Sunday. Photo: CNSA

Two missing HK girls found in Xiamen, male companion arrested

Two underage girls reported missing since Sunday have returned to Hong Kong safe and sound after mainland police found them in Xiamen.

Meanwhile, a mainland man was arrested in the Fujian city for allegedly abducting the two girls.

The girls, surnamed Hung and Lai and aged 14 and 12 respectively, are secondary one students in the same middle school in Tuen Mun, although they are in different classes, reports.

They left their homes together on Sunday and failed to come back, prompting their respective families to report them to the Missing Persons Unit of the New Territories North Regional Police Headquarters on the same day and the next.

Immigration records showed that the two girls traveled to Shenzhen on Sunday. Hong Kong police then contacted their counterparts in the southern mainland city on Monday and formed a joint task force to look for the girls.

The team learned that the duo boarded a high-speed train to Xiamen, in the southeastern province of Fujian, where local police found them in a rented flat in Haicang district on Wednesday. 

The girls returned to Hong Kong the following day. Medical examinations showed no harm was done to them.

Meanwhile, Xiamen police arrested an 18-year-old man, surnamed Qiu, on suspicion of having abducted the two girls, Headline Daily reported.

Investigation by Hong Kong police revealed that Hung had met Qiu, who claimed to be from Jiangsu province, on a social networking website.

After learning that Hung did not get along well with her family, Qiu allegedly convinced her to go to Xiamen with Lai so the three of them could do part-time work in the city while having fun together.

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