Police: 12-year-old girl found safe after airport disappearance

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JinJing Ma (left) and alleged abductor. JinJing Ma (left) and alleged abductor.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -

A 12-year-old Chinese tourist has been found safe in New York a day after her tour group reported her missing from a Washington-area airport.

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police said JinJing Ma was found Friday in the custody of her parents in Queens, New York.

Authority police Chief David Huchler said at a news conference Friday that the girl excused herself to go to the bathroom Thursday after getting her passport at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. He said the girl met a woman, changed clothes and got into an SUV with New York tags.

Huchler says a couple had earlier approached JinJing Ma while her tour group was at the World Trade Center. He says there appeared to be a link between that couple and the people she met at the airport.


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Police are searching for a 12-year-old girl they say was abducted from a Washington-area airport.

The Virginia State Police said in a statement that JinJing Ma was last seen leaving Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport with an unknown woman Thursday. Police issued an Amber Alert warning that JinJing is “believed to be in extreme danger.”

Police say JinJing is about 4 feet, 11 inches tall (1.5 meters) and weighs about 90 pounds (41 kilograms). She is Asian and has black hair and brown eyes.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said she was last seen wearing a white tee shirt, blue jeans and a black jacket.

The woman they say abducted her is described as Asian, about 40 years old with black hair. They say she was wearing a black dress.