Missing teen found after climbing into locker, getting trapped

A 16-year-old girl who was reported missing over three months ago was finally located this week after she climbed into an parcel locker as a joke and got locked inside.

The girl, surnamed Leung, was at the Ching Long Shopping Center in Kai Tak in the early hours of Wednesday morning with two male friends when she spotted a large SF Express smart locker which hadn’t been closed properly. A police spokesperson said Leung climbed into the locker “for fun”, but got trapped inside when a gust of wind slammed the door shut.

A security guard at the mall who heard Leung’s friends calling for help notified emergency services. Firefighters broke Leung out of the locker safely at around 6:15am. She was reportedly unharmed and went to Ngau Tau Kok police station for questioning, where she was picked up by her parents.

The 16-year-old was last seen by her family on December 30. She told her mother that she would be staying with a friend for a few days, but failed to return home and was reported missing on January 6. It’s not clear what she’s been doing for the past three months, or why she thought a 87cm x 35cm x 45cm locker would be a good hiding spot — perhaps she was considering officially moving into her own place and realized that was all she could afford in Hong Kong. (Obviously that’s a joke, just like the cost of rent in Hong Kong.)

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