Parents seek daughter, 20, missing since July
A 20-YEAR-OLD woman has been missing for 45 days to date, with no immigration records showing that she has left Singapore and her electronic tracks believed to have been deleted.
Ong Hwee Ting, who graduated in April from Singapore Polytechnic and had been working as a part-time restaurant waitress, left home on the morning of July 12 and has not been seen since, Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday.
The police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of Ms Ong, who is described as about 1.57m tall and of slim build.
Ms Ong, who lived with her parents and elder brother at Block 310C, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, was last seen in shorts and a T-shirt.
According to her father, an air-conditioner repairman, days before she went missing, she claimed she would be going to Melbourne with a group of friends.
She did not show any unusual behaviour, except that in the two weeks before her disappearance she would coop herself up in her room after coming back from work.
"We did not have any quarrel. But there was also no communication," said Mr Ong.
"Anyway, we seldom have the chance to talk as we work in the daytime and her work required her to work till midnight," he added.
The father told the Chinese evening daily that the trip was supposed to have started on July 8, but was postponed to four days later because a friend was said to have fallen ill from dengue.
But on July 12, while her brother was still in bed and her parents had gone to work, Ms Ong packed some clothes into a luggage bag and left without leaving a word.
"When she did not come back that night, we tried to call her on the phone. But the calls didn't get through," said Mr Ong.
After two weeks went by without any news of their daughter, the parents became worried and reported her disappearance to the police.
According to the police, there was no record at the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Ms Ong having left the country.
Mr Ong suspects that his daughter had planned to disappear as she had deleted all the likely clues to her whereabouts in her computer and had cancelled her mobile service.
A friend of hers whom Mr Ong approached also said they had not been in contact for more than a month.
Ms Ong had also quit her waitressing job in June, without informing the family.
Mr Ong recalled that he had scolded his daughter a few months back for hiding in her room to smoke.
"That's the only time I ticked her off in months," said the father.
Now, the parents desperately want her to come back to them.
"Dad and mum miss you and worry about you very much. Please come back soon," they said.