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Chinese Woman Presumed Dead Found Living In Internet Cafe For 10 Years

| by Brendan Kelly

A woman who was presumed dead for a decade was found living in an internet cafe.

Xiao Yun, 24, left her home in the Chinese province on Zhejiang 10 years ago, when she was 14, after a fight with her parents. Her family never heard from her again and believed that she was dead.

On the morning of November 20, police officers made a routine check at an internet cafe and they found Xiao Yun, who was carrying a fake ID. She was taken to the police station and questioned. She admitted to investigators that she had been living in internet cafes for a decade.

The woman spent most of her days playing the first-person shooter game CrossFire and slept mostly in the cafes and bath houses. Occasionally she would work as a cashier to earn money, but she mostly relied on handouts from others to get by.

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Police fined Xiao Yun 1,000 yuan, about $150, and, following some resistance on her part, contacted her parents. The family has since been reunited.

Her mother never changed her phone number in hopes that her daughter would eventually call, she told the Qianjiang Evening News. 

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

Sources: The StarShanghaiist 

Photo Credit: Shanghaiist