Hong Kong police launch appeal for help in search for missing 17-year-old Nepalese girl

She is a Hong Kong permanent identity card holder and lived with her mother in London, but left for Hong Kong mysteriously; records show she is still in the city

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 November, 2016, 6:33pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 November, 2016, 6:46pm

Police are making a public appeal to assist in the search for a 17-year-old Nepalese girl who went missing after arriving in Hong Kong from the United Kingdom last week.

Gurung Chitra, who is a Hong Kong permanent identity card holder but lives with her mother in London, arrived at Hong Kong International Airport on the night of November 10, according to police.

Earlier this month, Chitra’s mother reported her daughter missing to the British police.

On November 14, the mother sought the help of Hong Kong police to track down the teenage girl after British authorities discovered she had left the country for Hong Kong.

“The mother reportedly told police that she has a good relationship with her daughter, and she did not know why her daughter came to Hong Kong,” a police source said.

He added immigration records showed the teenage girl had not left the city after she entered Hong Kong.

The source said police had limited information about the girl and would contact her mother and British authorities for more information. Officers are reportedly poring over surveillance footage from the airport and MTR stations in an effort to track down the girl.

According to police, she is about 1.57 metres tall, 53kg in weight and of normal build. She has a long face with yellow complexion and short straight black and brown hair.

Police appealed to anyone with information to contact officers on 3661 3085 or 6273 5787 or notify any police station.

Officers from the New Territories North regional missing persons unit are investigating.

According to the police website, four other foreigners are missing and last seen in Hong Kong.

They are Canadian tourist Ani Ashekian, Dutch-Chinese visitor Chang Ma-kee, American Gregory Winton Brooks and Nepalese Jib-nath Marasini.

Ashekian was reported missing in 2008. She was last seen at Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui on November 10, 2008.

The disappearance of Chang led police to the confiscation of 374kg of cocaine from a village house in Ta Kwu Ling in the New Territories in April 2010.

Brooks went missing after visiting a temple in Yuen Long on June 17, 2012. Information on the police website stated he “left behind the wordings ‘I would die, I would die’”.

Marasini was reported missing in 2014. He was last seen in a restaurant at Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei on May 19, 2014.