Missing girl's phone active in The Hague days after disappearance

Police. (Politie)

The cellphone of 14-year-old Nsimire, who went missing in The Hague on July 27th, was active in the city for days after her disappearance, the police revealed on Wednesday. The police also shared more information about this missing person case, in the hope that the public will be able to help find Nsimire. "We also call on Nsimire herself to make contact", the police said.

Nsimire left home around 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 27th. She did not return home at the agreed time that evening, and has been unreachable ever since. Police investigation revealed that she spent that night at a friend's home in the city center of The Hague, leaving there around 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28th. At around 3:00 p.m. Nsimire was seen at the Albert Heijn on Steijnlaan and the Basic Mart on Paul Krugerlaan. She then went to Musicon on Soestdijksekade and stayed there until 5:00 p.m. She visited the Musicon almost every week.

On Saturday night Nsimire was seen with a friend on the square behind Architect Jan Wilsstraat. They were sitting on the swings. She left at around 11:30 p.m. No one the police have spoken to have seen her since.

After leaving the square on Saturday night, Nsimire used her public transit card on bus 21 and tram 4. She left from the stop on Houtwijklaan, switched to Leyenburg and checked out at the Tienhovenselaan tram stop on Escamplaan. It was shortly after midnight on Sunday by then.

During the following week, Nsimire's phone was on for short periods multiple times, always at night. On August 1st it registered in the area around Newtonplein at 00:15 a.m. An hour later, at around 1:15 a.m., it registered with two transmitter towers on Lijnbaan and Buitenom. The police believe the phone was in the overlapping area of these two towers. The phone was again active in the Newtonplein area on August 2nd and 4th, but has been turned off since 3:15 a.m. on August 4th. The police point out that just because Nsimire's phone was in these areas, it does not necessarily mean that she was too.

The police take into account that Nsimire ran away from home and that she had help from others to stay hidden in the weeks since. The police urgently call on those who helped her to come forward. "You may have the best intentions, but it is very important that Nsimire comes back or at least makes contact. If she needs help, please urge her to contact that the police. That will do her the greatest service right now."

The police also have a message for Nsimire herself: "It can be difficult to make contact after 2.5 weeks. It is the best thing to do. We would like to talk to you and hear how you are doing. If you do not want to come in yet, please give us a sign of life. And if you come to us, we want to take you in and first talk quietly about what is going on, what you need. Then we will see how we can help you. A detection message is currently being broadcast on television. If you can, watch that video: your friends also have a message for you."