Foreign ministry confirms Taiwanese woman missing in South Korea

Taipei--The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed Friday that relatives have lost touch with a young Taiwanese woman who went to South Korea in February, adding that Taiwan's representative office in the country is working with local police to locate the woman.

The woman, surnamed Chiang, arrived in South Korea on Feb. 14 and has not been in contact with her mother since then, the ministry said.

The mother filed a report with Taoyuan police on Feb. 25 and the case was later transferred to the ministry, it added.

The ministry passed on the information to Taiwan's representative office in Seoul, which sought the assistance of the South Korean police, it said.

However, the police have so far been unable to locate the woman, the ministry noted, adding that the officials remain in close contact with South Korean police on the case.

The ministry's comments came after local media reported earlier in the day that two young Taiwanese women have been missing in South Korea since mid-February.

The mother of one of the girls said her daughter called on arriving in South Korea, but had failed to do so since then, according to reports.

According to the Apple Daily, the mother said her daughter went to South Korea with another Taiwanese woman to attend a short-term study program that was scheduled to last three months.

The mother said she became worried when she could not reach her daughter, especially as she always carries her cellphone with her, according to the Apply Daily report.

Responding to reports, the foreign ministry said it has not been contacted by the family of the second woman mentioned in the report whose family has not yet filed a report with the police.

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Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel