A 24-year-old Chinese woman, Xiao Yun was found gaming and living in an Internet cafe after being presumed dead for 10 years.
Xiao Yun ran away from home 10 years ago when she was 14 years old and has since been living in Internet cafes around the Chinese province of Zhejiang. She says she’s been able to go to school everyday and then spend the rest of her time playing CrossFire – a multiplayer first-person shooter game. She explains that she bathed in bath houses, slept in Internet cafes and got handouts from other Internet cafe visitors.
Xiao Yun ran away from her home after she had a fallout with her parents and has been able to disappear and be presumed dead by using a fake ID and not leaving much of a trace of her personal identity.
She was found when police carried out a routine check at an Internet cafe and noticed that her ID was fake. She was arrested and taken to the police station where the original missing persons report detailing her disappearance 10 years ago was located. After being fined 1 000 yuan (R2 191.36) her estranged parents were contacted to come and collect her.