Source: Toronto Star
One of three teenaged Chinese exchange students who went missing last week, has been found safe and sound, said Toronto police. But the search continues for the remaining two.
Const. Wendy Drummond said Qian Hu, 15, was found on Friday but would not elaborate further.
Hu, Zhiyong Chen, 17, and Kangjuun Fu, 13, arrived in Toronto on July 7 from Changsha City, in Hunan province, for a four-week English as a Second Language program run by the Toronto District School Board.
Thirty foreign students had registered for the Toronto District School Board summer exchange program.
The teens were last seen Tuesday at about 1:30 p.m. during an excursion to Woodbine Beach. A teacher called police when they did not rejoin the group.
The three speak Mandarin with limited knowledge of English and are unfamiliar with Toronto, Drummond said.
Fu's host home was in North York, and the other two were in Thornhill, she said.
Although police alleged that they had planned to go AWOL, they are still concerned about their safety. There were originally rumours that the trio had planned to apply for refugee status.
"They're 13 and 17-years-old in a foreign country," Drummond said. "We don't know if they have any means of support financially at such a young age. Without any means of support it is a definite concern for us."
Chen is described as Chinese, 5'7", 110 lbs., thin build, with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a white cotton T-shirt.
Fu is described as Chinese, 5'7", 110 lbs., thin build, with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a white cotton T-shirt and blue denim pants.
Interesting. So out of the three students, the girl has been found but the two boys are still missing.
Sounds like a poorly-planned defection gone wrong.