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Search on for missing girl, 3

JIADING District police have joined hands with anxious parents to look for a three-year-old girl who went missing from her home last week.

The police have put information about the missing Hou Wanping, including her blood type and fingerprints, into their online database of lost people and expanded the search area to other districts.

"We are worried about our daughter because she has serious heart disease and must take medicines every day," said her father, Hou Dianming, asking people in the city to help if they have any clues about the girl.

Police have studied the recorded video of streets around the girl's house, combed nearby kindergartens and, to rule out the possibility of her having drowned, even searched rivers and waterways.

But as of yesterday all the efforts were in vain.

After a week's hunting with a promised cash reward, the parents have received nothing about their daughter's whereabouts but blackmails and fraudulent short message from strangers.

The toddler was discovered missing from her home about 4:45pm on Tuesday last week when her mother Li Li went to get her elder son from school. Li locked the girl alone in their house on Jintang Road, Jiading District.

When she went home with the son, she found the door opened and no one in the house.

Since the door was not broken, police ruled out the possibility that someone broke into the house and took the girl away.

"My daughter has never managed to open the door before, though she has tried every time when there was someone knocking at the door," said her father. "She was just tall enough to touch the handle last month."

After the family promised to give a 20,000 yuan (US$2,930) reward for information that helps find the girl, they received about 10 exploitative calls.

Some people called to say they had clues about the girl but asked the family to transfer the money to a bank account before they'd tell anything.

Afraid of being cheated, the family insisted on more details to confirm whether the information was true.

"We were happy at first, but unfortunately none of them can tell the exact features of my daughter and it was obvious they were cheating for money," Hou said.


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