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Washington - A 12-year-old girl visiting from China was abducted at Reagan National Airport, officials said Thursday while issuing an Amber Alert.

Jinjing Ma is believed to have been abducted about 8:15 a.m., police said. Ma is 4-feet-11, about 90 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen at the Washington, D.C., airport wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a black jacket, according to the alert.

Ma was visiting from China as a part of a tour group that was sightseeing and looking at schools in the United States since July 26, authorities said. At some point, the child said she needed to use the restroom before meeting with an unknown middle-aged Asian woman. The woman helped Ma change clothes before they walked toward the "arrivals" area of the airport.

Ma and the woman were later seen entering a white Infini vehicle with New York tags, David Huchler, chief of police for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said during a press conference Thursday afternoon.

About 10 p.m. Thursday, MWAA authorities said in a statement that the agency believes that the missing child got into a white Infiniti QX70, a 2016 or 2018 model.

Huchler said before the incident occured, the woman was seen with a male. Officials also think a man was driving the vehicle the child left in.

He called the incident "very serious" and said officials do not yet know why Ma left the airport with the woman.

MWAA is working with Virginia State Police, the National Center for Exploited Children and are attempting to contact the Chinese Embassy in the case, he said.

"It's really important that the community recognizes this child may be in danger," Huchler said, urging those with information to contact authorities.

The Washington Post