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DAKAR: Concern was growing on Tuesday over the whereabouts of a prize-winning Senegalese female student and published novelist based in Paris who has been missing for over a week.

French authorities have launched a missing persons probe to find Diary Sow, 20, who has been not been seen since January 4 in a case that has caused concern in Senegal and France.

Paris: In this file photograph taken on February 9, 2010, students stand at the entrance of the Lycee Louis le Grand (Louis le Grand High School) in Paris. Concern was growing January 12, 2021, over the whereabouts of a prize-winning Senegalese female student and published novelist based in Paris who has been missing for over a week. French authorities have launched a missing persons probe to find Diary Sow, 20, who has been not been seen since January 4 in a case that has caused concern in Senegal and France. She won an award for being Senegal’s best student in 2018 and 2019 and also wrote a novel published in France last year, “The Face of an Angel”. After the Christmas holidays, she failed to show up at the prestigious Louis-Le-Grand lycee (high school) in Paris where she has been studying for two years. AFP FILE PHOTO

She won an award for being Senegal’s best student in 2018 and 2019 and also wrote a novel published in France last year, “The Face of an Angel.”




After the Christmas holidays, she failed to show up at the prestigious Louis-Le-Grand lycee (high school) in Paris where she has been studying for two years.

“She is a very punctual student, very serious. We raised the alarm quickly. No-one saw her and we did not find her in her apartment,” said Henry Sarr, member of a Senegalese students group that issued appeals on social media to locate her.

The Senegalese consul in Paris reported her missing on January 7 and the consulate has put her picture and details on the home page of its website.

According to a source close to the case, who asked not to be named, investigators are currently keeping all hypotheses open, including the possibility that she ran away. French prosecutors said a probe had been opened into her disappearance and handed over to the missing persons unit.


“Neither her parents, her friends, her tutor nor the ambassador have any news,” said a member of the Senegalese community in Paris, Daouda Mbaye, who handed out flyers in Paris to draw attention to the case.



 
 

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