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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.

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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.)

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