Woman missing and presumed dead for 10 years found ‘living in internet cafe’


The 24-year-old left home after a fight with her parents, but now they’ve been reunited after a decadeCustomers use computers at an internet cafe in China

Screens: But a woman was allegedly living in internet cafes in China for a decade

A woman who vanished 10 years ago and was presumed dead has reportedly been found living in an internet cafe.

Missing for a decade, it’s alleged she has been living and playing games in the cafes since 2005.

Xiao Yun, who is now aged 24, left her home in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang and has not been seen since.

But she was finally found by police officers on Nov 20 after a routine check on an internet cafe, reports The Strait Times.

The woman, who was carrying a fake ID card, was taken to a local police station where she revealed that she had been living in internet cafes for the past decade.

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Cafe culture: The internet cafes offer space to gamers who can stay for hours at a time

She is said to be a particular fan of the multiplayer first-person shooter game CrossFire , and relied on handouts and occasional cashier shifts at cafes.

According to police, she said she had been brought up by her grandparents.

The police fined her and contacted her parents so they could be reunited.

Her mother told the Qianjiang Evening News she had not changed her phone number since her daughter left home.

“I have a stubborn personality and a short temper, so I used to scold her. But it’s been 10 years and now she’s an adult. I will never scold her again,” she said.

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