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Chinese girl last seen in Fairfax County in 1998


Authorities continue to seek information about the disappearance of a girl who went missing from Fairfax County nearly 15 years ago.

On Oct. 21, 1998, 12-year-old Yuan Wang got off a school bus not far from her foster home on the 4700 block of Barnum Lane in the Lincolnia area of Fairfax County and has not been seen since, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, or NCMEC.

Yuan had been smuggled into the United States from China a couple of months before she went missing, but she and her smuggler were detained and Yuan then went to live with a foster family in Fairfax County. Police have expressed concern that she was abducted or ran away because she was afraid of being deported.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recently created a new age-progressed image of Yuan. But because officials believe the girl's family lives in China, officials do not have much information about her. NCMEC has not been able to get DNA samples that could be used to see if Yuan matches any remains that have been found, a spokeswoman with the organization said.

Yuan was described as an Asian female with black hair and brown eyes. At the time of her disappearance, she was 5 feet 6 inches tall and 118 pounds.

Anyone with information can call Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST (843-5678).