Woman missing for decade and presumed dead found 'living in internet cafe'

Xiao Yun had spent the last 10 years 'sleeping in internet cafes and bath houses and playing the multi-player game CrossFire'

Alexandra Sims
Wednesday 25 November 2015 08:20 GMT
Xiao Yun spent much of her time playing the computer game CrossFire
Xiao Yun spent much of her time playing the computer game CrossFire (ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman who was presumed dead after going missing 10 years ago has reportedly been found living in an internet cafe.

Xiao Yun, now 24-years-old, left her family home in Zhejiang, east China, following an argument with her parents when she was 14, The South China Morning Post reports.

Ms Yun was found by police on Friday after a routine check of an internet café in the city of Hangzhou, where authorities discovered she was using a fake identity card.

Police questioning revealed Ms Yun had spent the last 10 years sleeping in internet cafes and bath houses, spending much of her time playing the multi-player shooter game CrossFire, according to reports.

She allegedly survived on donations from fellow cafe users and occasionally worked as a cashier in some cafés to earn additional income.

She initially told police she had been brought up by her grandparents.

Ms Yun was fined over £100 for using fake identification and, after some reluctance, contacted her parents so the family could be reunited.

Her mother, who has not been named, told the Qianjiang Evening News she had not changed her phone number since Ms Yun left home in the hope she would contact her.

She said: “I have a stubborn personality and a short temper, so I used to scold her. But it’s already been 10 years and now she’s an adult. I will never scold her again," The Straits Times reports.

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