Police looking for family of Asian boy found wandering around Utrecht CS

Unidentified boy found wandering around Utrecht Central Station, 8 April 2019
Unidentified boy found wandering around Utrecht Central Station, 8 April 2019. (Photo: Politie)

Update 1:25 p.m. - Updated the article to add a photo of the boy. "Initially we did not post a photo o the boy for privacy reasons. Because we only received two tips about the boy so far, which moreover did not lead to the desired result, we now released a photo", the police said. 

The police are urgently looking for the family of an underage Asian boy found wandering around the station hall of Utrecht Central Station on Monday evening, April 8th. The boy did not have his identity papers with him and told the police that he had been wandering for some time, looking for his father. 

The police estimates the boy's age between 12 and 16 years. With the help of a Chinese interpreter, the police managed to have a conversation with the child, but that did not help in identifying him or finding his family or place of residence. The child has now been accommodated in a safe place while the police continue to try and find his family.

Surveillance camera footage show the boy walking back and forth at the fountain on the square between the station hall and Hoog Catherijne from 6:45 p.m until 7:03 p.m. From then until 7:30 p.m. he was at the entrance of the station, talking to NS enforcement officers. 

According to the police, the boy is of Asian descent, likely Chinese. He has black, short spiky hair, and is a slender 1.75 meters tall. When he was found, he was wearing a black hoodie, sweat pants and black and white sneakers. He was carrying a multi-colored backpack, that had some other clothes inside. 

The police urgently call on anyone who may recognize this boy, saw him on the evening of April 8th or saw where he came from, or have any other information that might help to identify him or track down his family, to come forward. 

Backpack the boy was carrying
Backpack the boy was carrying. (Photo: Politie)