A 12-year-old girl visiting from China is still missing, officials said Friday.
An AMBER Alert was issued for the girl, Jinjing Ma, after she was abducted from the Reagan National Airport. Police believe she was taken around 8:15 a.m., reported The Washington Post.
Ma is 4-feet-11, about 90 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen at the airport wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans, and a black jacket.
On Friday, police said they are considering her a “critical missing juvenile.”
Ma was visiting from China as part of a tour group that was sightseeing and looking at schools in the United States. She was taken after she said she needed to use the bathroom.
After leaving her group, she met with an unknown middle-aged Asian woman. The girl exited the restroom in different clothes, and walked with the woman toward the arrivals area of the airport, authorities said.
Authorities are looking for the woman and a man who was seen with her. Ma and the woman were later seen entering a white Infiniti vehicle with New York tags, said David Huchler, chief of police for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
Officials issued a photo of the car and of a man and woman who may be involved. They also put out a photo showing the girl walking with the woman.
Officials also think a man was driving the vehicle the child left in. It was a 2016 or 2018 white Infiniti QX70.
Huchler called the incident “very serious.” Officials do not know why Ma left the airport with the woman.
On Friday, authorities revealed that the girl may have been approached by the man and the woman when she was in New York as well. They are working with Virginia State Police and the National Center for Exploited Children, and are attempting to contact the Chinese Embassy, he said.
“It’s really important that the community recognizes this child may be in danger,” Huchler said, urging those with information to contact authorities.
Anyone with information is being asked to call the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority at 703-417-2400 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453.
Please join us in praying that Ma can be safely returned to her family in China. This is such a scary case. In other news, the FDA has recalled a common heart and blood pressure medication because it causes cancer. This recall only gets more serious as we learn more. Please pray for everyone who has been taking this drug. The recall could impact anyone with heart problems.