Lola Rose found in Tuen Mun

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Lola Rose


Found at last.

After 25 hours of frantic searching, the relatives of an 82-year- Filipino tourist, who got separated from her family at the Mong Kok MTR station, finally got reunited with her last night.

Ann Bautista-Shontogan said they received a report from the Hong Kong Police that their grandmother, Rose Shontogan, had been found in Tuen Mun.

“She’s okay. She’s exhausted but she remains strong,” Shontogan said.

She said that a Good Samaritan had reported to the police that an elderly woman had been found in a market in Tuen Mun.

“We received a call around 8:30 p.m. that somebody had reported to the police. Thank God she did not faint. She just asked if she could sit on the stairs of the market,” Shontogan said.

Lola Rose was fetched by her relatives at the police station and was scheduled to fly back to the Philippines today.

Her misadventure in Hong Kong began at around 8 p.m. Monday after she got separated from her relatives at the Mong Kok MTR station.

They were supposed to get off in Yau Ma Tei but inadvertently got off the train in Mong Kok. A relative was holding Lola Rose’s hand but had to let go when the train doors closed.

The elderly woman, who only had $50, was left inside the train and it rolled out of Mong Kok station going to Tsuen Wan.

Her relatives asked for help from the MTR staff, the Philippine Consulate General (PCG), and the police to locate her.

Consul Paul Saret, head of the PCG Assistance to Nationals Section, said they received a call from the police late yesterday that a person “who had fainted” and needed assistance had been found.

He said the consulate immediately informed Lola Rose’s relatives and asked them to confer with the police after investigators declined to reveal the person’s identity to the PCG.