[UPDATE] Missing Hong Kong boy, 10, found after police search

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The 10-year-old boy, surnamed Ho, escaped from Hong Kong Student Aid Society’s Island Hostel at Shek Pik on Sunday.

[UPDATE - Thursday, April 20, 12.10pm] 

Police have located 10-year-old Ho Yau-yip, who went missing earlier this week after running away from a care home on Lantau.

The boy was found in a restaurant on Tin Shui Road Tin Shui Wai in the early hours of Thursday. He sustained no injuries and was sent to Tuen Mun Hospital for examination. No suspicious circumstances were found.

Police and a heartbroken mother have appealed for any information about a 10-year-old dyslexic boy who went missing on Sunday from his care home on Lantau Island.

The boy, surnamed Ho, escaped from Hong Kong Student Aid Society’s Island Hostel at Shek Pik, where he had lived for the past six months.

His mother alerted Lantau police that day and said her son might have headed towards the Kwai Fong area, Langham Place in Mong Kok, Olympian City in Tai Kok Tsui, Sheung Shui or Tin Shui Wai – all locations that he is familiar with.

Hong Kong Student Aid Society's Island Hostel at Shek Pik on Lantau. 

She said her son was reluctant to return to the dormitory during recent trips back to his home in Tin Shui Wai. Staff at the hostel also said he had wanted to go home and missed his mother.

The boy was wearing a T-shirt, jeans, blue sports shoes and was carrying a water bottle.

Anyone who has seen the boy or with information about his whereabouts are urged to call police at 3661 2790 or visit any of the city’s police stations.

Founded in 1965 at Shek Pik, the hostel was the first boy’s home set up by the society for children with emotional and behavioural problems. It is now home to 63 boys aged between seven and 14.

People with dyslexia suffer from reading difficulties and problems identifying speech sounds.