The left photo was taken shortly before her disappearance and the right photo is age progressed to nineteen years. She will be turning 27 this year.
- Full Name: Yuan Xia Wang
- Nickname: Incha
- Missing From: Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia
- Date Of Birth Used: September 13, 1986
- Age Used: 12 years old (she told authorities she was twelve when arriving in the US however, it is possible that she was as old as fifteen.)
- Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5’6″ (168 cm); 118 lbs (54 kg).
- Race:: Asian (Chinese) Gender: Female
- Hair: Black Eyes: Black/Dark
- Clothing: Last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jacket, jeans and white sneakers
- Yang spoke Mandarin Chinese and had very limited English skills at the time of her disappearance.
On August 25, 1998, twelve-year-old Yuan Wang was smuggled from China to the United States. They were taking her to Washington D.C. but their plan foiled at Dulles International Airport when one of her smugglers, a Thai citizen named Chaichana Klaharn pretended that she was his niece. Security at Dulles International Airport arrested the smugglers and in September, 1998, they were sentenced to four months in jail for passport fraud.
Meanwhile, Yuan was sent to temporary live at a Fairfax County, VA foster home. She spoke Mandarin and had very limited English so a Mandarin speaking babysitter was sent to care for her. She also started attending Holmes Middle School.
Less than two months later on October 21, 1998 at approximately 3PM, Yuan got off her school bus near Lincolnia Road and Deming Avenue in Alexandria. She was supposed to take a cab to a 3:30PM Doctors appointment but when the cab showed up, Yuan was gone. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Searches threw out Fairfax yielded no clues.
A decade after she disappeared, in 2008, investigators said they thought Yuan could be in Kansas City, Missouri, although it’s not confirmed.
Investigators have a few theories including the possibility that her smugglers kidnapped her, forcing her to work (also known as trafficking.). Or she ran away out of fear that she’d be deported back to China. Her foster family stated that although Yuan seemed very smart and appeared content with her new life, they didn’t get to know her well enough to know if she was capable of running away. Investigators are also not ruling out the possibility that she was abducted by a stranger. She is classified as “Endangered Missing”.
Agency Case Number: 982941432
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Fairfax County Police Department
Your local FBI/Police