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12-Year-Old Tourist Who Vanished From Airport Found Safe

JinJing Ma, who disappeared from Va. airport, was found with parents in NYC
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2018 6:00 AM CDT
This undated photo provided by the Virginia State Police shows JinJing Ma.   (Virginia State Police via AP)

(Newser) – A frantic hunt for a possibly abducted 12-year-old girl from China who vanished from Reagan National Airport on Thursday has ended with a sigh of relief. Local, state, and federal authorities, including the FBI, were all involved in the search for JinJing Ma, who officials said Friday had been found safe and with her parents in the New York City borough of Queens, the Washington Post reports. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Chief David Huchler says the tour group JinJing had been in the US with since July 26 was at the Virginia airport, on their way to California, when she disappeared, per CNN. Airport surveillance footage showed a woman helping JinJing change clothes, then leaving the airport with her "without force," per Huchler. The two then climbed into a white car driven by an unidentified man.

That woman and man were actually JinJing's parents, who've been living in the US for two years, Anna Demidchik, an attorney for the family, tells the Post. When the couple saw the Amber Alert for JinJing, they called Demidchik's law firm, which then called authorities. "This is a great example of the work that can be accomplished when the community and law enforcement come together to achieve a common goal," Huchler says in a statement, per USA Today. "We are grateful that JinJing is safe and with family." Although Demidchik characterizes what happened as an apparent misunderstanding, an investigation is still ongoing, the Post notes. (Read more missing child stories.)

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