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​Foreign tourist ‘mysteriously missing’ in Ho Chi Minh City: report

Friday, November 24, 2017, 15:59 GMT+7
​Foreign tourist ‘mysteriously missing’ in Ho Chi Minh City: report
The passport of Xie Xin Lai is seen in this police photo.

A Chinese tourist has reportedly gone missing in Ho Chi Minh City for ten days following a last-minute cancelation to join his friends in a planned trip to Can Tho.

The missing of Xie Xin Lai, 29, was reported to police in Binh Tan District on Thursday, the city’s Cong An (Police) newspaper reported.

The man reportedly visited Ho Chi Minh City with a group of Vietnamese friends from Hong Kong, who all stayed at a hotel on Nguyen Thuc Duong Street in Binh Tan.

On November 14, while his friends went to the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho to follow their initial itinerary, Xie asked to stay at the hotel to take some rest as he was feeling unwell, according to his friends’ account.

On November 17, the group of friends returned to the hotel only to find that Xie was nowhere to be seen and his phone could not be reached.

All of Xie’s personal belongings, including his clothes, passport and visa, were still in the hotel room, according to the report.

The friends only sought help from the police after having spent days searching for their missing friend in vain.

According to their description, Xie is 172 centimeters tall and weighs around 65 kilograms, with tanned skin, short hair and crossed eyes.

Before he went missing, Xie had been using a gray OPPO smartphone and a Vietnamese SIM card number +84971364901.

Binh Tan police are searching for the man and encourages anyone with information about his whereabouts to come forward.

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