Missing seven-year-old Argentine girl found

KUALA LUMPUR:  The missing seven-year-old Argentine girl, Alum Langone Avalos, has been found and reunited with her mother, according to the Argentine Embassy in Malaysia.

The embassy in a statement yesterday said the girl, who was reportedly missing since June last year and seen in various parts of Malaysia, was located in Indonesia and the Argentine Embassy in Jakarta had confirmed the detention of her abductors yesterday.

“The great media attention that this news garnered has helped to create an awareness not only in Malaysia, but also in other Southeast Asian countries.

“Kind and helpful Malaysian citizens have reached out to assist in different ways and most importantly to report the locations of Alum and her abductors which led to the successful finding of them in Indonesia,” the embassy stated.

The embassy noted that Alum’s mother Elizabeth Avalos was currently in Indonesia to reunite with her and in preparation to make their way back to Buenos Aires, Argentina with both embassies in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta working together to ensure that Elizabeth could bring Alum home as soon as possible.

Argentina Ambassador to Malaysia Manuel Balaguer Salas also thanked Malaysian authorities, media and the public for all the help and cooperation that were handed in solving the case.

“This reunion between Alum and her mother would not have been possible without the continuous support from all parties,” he was quoted as saying in the statement. — Bernama

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