Girl who fell into sewer washed ashore in Hunan's Xiangyin after 2 months

Updated: 22 May 2013
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Changsha missing girl Yang Lijun
Yang Lijun, 21, disappeared into a 6-meter-deep hole in Changsha, March 22, 2013.(Photo: Xinhua)
The body of a college girl, who fell into a manhole during torrential rains in Changsha about two months ago, was found 90 kilometers away in Xiangjiang River in Xiangyin, Hunan Province, police said yesterday.

A DNA test confirmed the result after it matched with the sample taken from the girl's mother, Yueyang police said.

Yang Lijun's body was washed ashore and found by a Zhangshu Town resident around 8:30am on Sunday.

"She was wearing black with skinny pants and white sneakers," the resident, surnamed Liu, said.

Police said the body was that of a person around 20 years of age and about 1.65 meters tall.

A DNA test on Monday confirmed Yang's identity.

A sudden torrential rain in Changsha on March 22 flooded the Tujiachong area of the city.

Yang, a college student in Beijing was in the city for a job offer. She was on her way back home with her friend when tragedy struck.

The two were walking in a single file in the floodwaters, which was about 30 to 40 centimeters deep. Yang's friend, who was in front of her, saw her fall into the manhole and disappear.

She immediately contacted the family for help.

In the next 48 hours, more than 200 rescue personnel searched the city's sewer system, sewage water pumps and even the Xiangjiang River where the rain water was being drained out, but the 21-year-old was not found. The search was called off on March 24 night.

The cover of the manhole was swept away by the flood waters and was found near a newspaper stall the next morning.

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