WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) – Officials in metropolitan Washington, D.C. say a child who was reportedly abducted from Reagan National Airport may be in “extreme danger.”
Around 8:15 a.m. Thursday, 12-year-old JinJing Ma disappeared shortly after arriving at the airport with a tour group from China.
Airport Authority Chief of Police David Huchler says the group was set to catch a flight for the West Coast when the young girl said she had to use the restroom and then never returned.
“It wasn’t until they were starting to check through security that another student within the group notified chaperones she was missing,” Huchler said.
By the time the police were notified, Huchler says the child was gone.
Airport surveillance footage shows the JingJing Ma leaving with an unknown, middle-aged Asian woman.
Police say the same woman was seen giving the child food when the tour was in New York City.
Investigators say cameras at the airport show the child changing clothes with the help of the alleged abductor and then leaving the airport in a white Infinity with New York plates.
They are also looking for a man who they believe was driving the car.
“It’s really important the community recognizes this child may be in danger,” Huchler said. “We’re still very concerned because we don’t know the reason why this child left with that Asian female.”
Investigators are trying to find traces on social media that can be used to locate the child.
They are also trying to enlarge the license plate to make it more legible.