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Girl, 15, found safe after UK adventure.

A 15-year-old girl who ran away from her home in America to the UK following a row with her parents was found safe and well yesterday.

Jing Wen Chen travelled from her home in Missouri to St Louis and Charleston in the US before taking a transatlantic flight to Gatwick.

Yesterday detectives admitted that the schoolgirl, who left home with 480 dollars, gave them the slip after arriving on Monday.

Four days later, she finally gave herself up after Sussex Police sent her an email to say how worried her parents were. Yesterday at 2pm, she was found in a hotel near Loch Ness in Scotland. Speaking at a press conference at Gatwick, her mother Sharon Chen, aged 42, a housewife, said: 'I am so relieved she's been found.'

Mrs Chen said that she and her husband Genda, also aged 42, a university professor, had rowed with Jing Wen over a 10pm curfew for surfing the internet.

Detective Inspector Bill Warner said it was not thought she had come to the UK to meet anyone.
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Date:Sep 24, 2004
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