A 15-year-old Vietnamese girl who her tour guide said had been missing during a trip in the United Kingdom last week has been found safe and sound, local police confirmed on Tuesday morning (local time).
Le Thi Dieu Linh, who disappeared while on a visit to the city of York in North Yorkshire, was found on Monday night.
Linh previously went missing on August 6, before her tour guide, Nguyen Ba Thanh Tung, and the lady who accompanied her during the trip reported the incident to York City police.
Officers collected their statements and allowed the woman who traveled with Linh to leave the UK on Saturday.
On August 8, Tung also reported the missing case to the Embassy of Vietnam in London.
Linh was last seen with an Asian man on the city walls above Station Rise at 4:40 pm on the afternoon of August 6, according to detectives.
Police in North Yorkshire stated they were not yet in a position to reveal where Linh was found for operational reasons.
Linh’s home is in Hai Trach Commune, Bo Trach District, located in the north-central Vietnamese province of Quang Binh.
In a document submitted to the Hai Trach administration on Monday, Dang Thi Huong, Linh’s mother, stated the teenage girl was not actually missing, the commune chairman Dang Gia Chien told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday.
Huong looked good and was not showing any sign of worry when handing in the document, Chien said.
Linh quit school in her hometown and then worked in Ho Chi Minh City, Huong said.
She asked to go on a tour in the UK and her family sponsored it with the VND75 million (US$3,200) sum they had saved for a while, the mother claimed.
The mother said her daughter had only been staying at her relatives’ places in the UK during the time she was reported missing, Chien added.
North Yorkshire police have arrested ten people arrested in connection with her disappearance.
As of Wednesday, two of the arrestees remained in police custody for questioning and one has been charged and appeared in court, police said in a statement.
In the meantime, the investigation into the circumstances remains ongoing, according to officers.