Evidence: Missing Persons file for Mingxia Thomas
Name: Mingxia Thomas
Height: 5' 8"
Hair: Dark brown, long straight
Distinguishing marks: Scar on left knee from childhood accident.
Quite a fat folder of casework, including photographs, witness statements and reports from investigating officers. CID pursued pretty much all the leads they could find- the brother was indeed in the US, the parents have no record and were squeaky clean. Friends were questioned, the family gardener and maid grilled and neighbours canvassed. She didn't have a boyfriend, official or unofficial as far as CID could determine. Her best friend, Sarah, seemed particularly upset at her disappearance.
Mingxia was seen leaving the house by a neighbour at the time the family reported, turned the corner at the end of the street, and that's the last anyone saw of her. She didn't board the bus she said she was going to, which leaves a small time window for her to be abducted.
Her room was turned upside-down- letters and e-mails examined to see if she could have gone somewhere else, but nothing turned up.
The final note is a short addendum saying that the father said he heard his daughter's voice when he was asleep. The handwriting and brevity suggests that the note was added with some reluctance.