Sat, Aug 25, 2001 - Page 1 News List

Hong Kong mother continues quest to locate autistic son

AFP , HONG KONG

The mother of a missing autistic Hong Kong boy who wandered into the Chinese mainland, appealed to the territory's chief executive yesterday to renew efforts to find her son on the first anniversary of his disappearance.

Yu Lai Wai-ling sent a letter to Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa calling on government authorities to step up efforts to locate her son, Yu Man-hon.

Man-hon, 16, who cannot speak and has a mental age of two, ran away from his mother at a Hong Kong subway station on Aug. 24 last year.

He reportedly wandered into the nearby city of Shenzhen, and was then refused entry back into Hong Kong when immigration officers could not determine his residency status. The boy has not been seen since despite a desperate hunt by thousands of police.

She said the authorities want to try and "ignore the issue and pretend that nothing has happened."

Instead they have stopped putting out missing person advertisements after spending about HK$250,000 (US$32,092) to no avail, she claimed.

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