Girl Lost in 2004 Tsunami Found Safe: Report

Grandfather discovers girl looking for home in Indonesia
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2011 4:30 PM CST
Girl Lost in 2004 Tsunami in Indonesia Found Safe
This Dec. 28, 2004, file photo shows an aerial view of a destroyed and flooded village after tidal waves near the provincial capital of Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia.   (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)

(Newser) – Seven years ago, an 8-year-old girl was pulled from her mother's arms by the tsunami in Indonesia; now, word is she's been discovered alive. An acquaintance brought a 15-year-old girl to her grandfather's home this week; his name—Ibrahim—was the only one she could remember, state news reported. The acquaintance had found the girl in a nearby coffee shop, where she'd been taken for a beggar.

story continues below

Ibrahim was sure the girl, who was reportedly seeking her old home, was his missing granddaughter Wati, the Huffington Post reports. Her parents later recognized a mole and scar on her face. The rest of her story remains a mystery so far, MSNBC notes. It's a storybook tale—let's hope it isn't too good to be true. (Read more Indonesia stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.