When we were younger, our parents used to warn us about the dangers of the internet. One of the common warnings was about strangers on the internet. Most of it still holds true today, however, it’s hazard has been diminished. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it still isn’t a viable danger.
14-year-old Zhao Ziying (赵紫莹) supposedly ran away from home yesterday (6th April). Her parents suspect this was facilitated by a stranger she had met while playing the online game PUBG. Currently, she has been missing for over 20 hours.
Ziying was last seen at 1pm outside her school in Subang. According to her parents, she had been behaving strangely before she left. Her mother stated Ziying had asked for her IC as Ziying supposedly needed it for class. Her mother had believed her and handed it over. However, she only suspected something was up after she sent her daughter to school for the afternoon session.
“When I entered my daughter’s room, I felt (something was wrong). Why did my daughter take her mobile phone (with her)?” Ziying mom shared. “I was angry at the time, and planned to wait for my daughter to return home in the evening to ask her about it.” However, things escalated when Ziying’s mom discovered she had also taken her much loved G-Shock watch and a bunch of angpaos. Concerned, the mother asked her husband to check for Ziying at her school.
A classmate revealed that Ziying had been absent from classes that day. They also discovered there had been a black car waiting for Ziying outside her school. Her mother claimed that two people dressed in black, one of whom was a woman, had been the ones to take her daughter away.
Her mother believes the woman is an online friend Ziying met while playing PUBG. Apparently, Ziying had started playing PUBG last August after getting a phone for online classes. Her parents hadn’t seen anything wrong with gifting her one as she needed it for online classes. However, they got worried when she met a woman nicknamed “蓉蓉” who was apparently “brainwashing” their daughter.
They had attempted to remind Ziying about befriending strangers on the internet. But Ziying had apparently ignored their warnings. Ziying’s mom is certain “蓉蓉” of the woman who picked Ziying up from school. From what Ziying has said, they think the woman is 18-years-old and is living with her grandmother in either Skudai or Kulai in Johor Bahru.
“My daughter’s mobile phone has been turned off and we can’t get through her,” Ziying’s mom told China Press. “We can only hope that she can (come) home safely.” Currently, they have confirmed that a police report has been lodged. However, they are also hoping for information from the public. Friends and family members have taken to sharing their pleas for help on Facebook.
If you have any information about Ziying, please contact her mother (+60166075715) or the nearest police station. We hope Ziying is found and returned safely to her family.
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