A Vietnamese teenage girl has gone missing for five days while visiting a city in the United Kingdom, with local authorities now interrogating eight people suspected of being involved in the case.
The girl has been identified as Le Thi Dieu Linh, 15, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Saturday.
Linh has gone missing since August 6 while visiting the city of York in North Yorkshire.
Nguyen Ba Thanh Tung, an employee of Ho Chi Minh City-based Travel Plus Company and Linh’s tour guide, and the lady who accompanied Linh during the trip previously reported the incident to York City’s police.
Officers collected their statements and allowed the woman who traveled with Linh to leave the UK on Saturday.
Tung also reported the missing case to the Embassy of Vietnam in London on August 8.
Vietnam’s foreign ministry has tasked the embassy with coordinating with local police and preparing for necessary citizen protection measures.
As of Saturday, police officers had arrested eight people in relation to Linh’s disappearance.
Linh, who does not speak English and has never been in the UK before, could now be anywhere in the country, local media quoted investigators as saying.
She was last seen with an Asian man on the city walls above Station Rise at 4:40 pm that afternoon, according to detectives.
The teenage girl was wearing a white jacket, light blue denim shorts, and black shoes, while the man is approximately 20, and wore a dark top and a black baseball-style cap.
“Officers are growing increasingly concerned for Linh’s safety and are appealing to the public for information as to her whereabouts,” a spokesman for North Yorkshire police said.