A 12-year-old Chinese girl thought to have been abducted Thursday from Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., was actually picked up by her two biological parents in what’s being called a misunderstanding.
WJLA reported that JinJing Ma’s parents, who have been in the U.S. for two years, learned of the AMBER Alert issued for their daughter Thursday and met with Demidchik Law Firm in Flushing, New York, Friday morning. Anna Demidchik of the Demidchik Law Firm told the news station that the FBI met with the family that morning and that nobody was detained due to the mixup.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, police said Ma had arrived for a visit from China and was traveling with a group when a middle-aged woman approached the group and abducted the tween. Police said at the time that the suspect was also from China.
The pair were believed to have changed clothes and exited the airport before getting into a white Infiniti SUV being driven by a male. WJLA noted that authorities issued an AMBER Alert seven hours after Ma’s apparent abduction.
The group Ma was in were all from China and have since made their way to San Francisco, California, according to USA Today. The group was reportedly interviewed amid the abduction investigation.
A witness reportedly told police that he possibly saw the same woman in New York City meet up with Ma and give her food.
“This is a great example of the work that can be accomplished when the community and law enforcement come together to achieve a common goal. We are grateful that Jinjing is safe and with family,” Reagan National Airport officials said in a statement.
“Our goal was to locate her to ensure she was safe and unharmed, and we accomplished that goal. I’m proud of our Airports Authority detectives’ excellent work in this case and grateful that we are part of such a capable law enforcement community.”
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