Singapore woman and her mother make mystery trip to Romania

(Screenshot of Politia Romana’s Facebook page)

Mystery surrounds the reason why a Singaporean woman and her mother made a trip to Romania and became uncontactable for 10 days.

Family members told Chinese daily Shin Min on 1 Feb that Cheryl Yap Lay Leng, 25, and her mother Madam Foo Li Kheng, 61, departed for Romania’s capital Bucharest on 22 Jan. They left without informing the rest of the family.

Romania’s police force said the two were located in a commune called Vulturesti, and posted a photo of them on the national police force’s Facebook page. The police confirmed they were not the victims of any crime. Vulturesti is located about two and half hours’ drive from Bucharest.

A news report on Romanian news site Libertatea said Yap was meeting a man she met online. Yap had with her four bank passbooks containing savings of at least S$40,000.

Yap’s father, who gave his name only as Mr Yap, told the Chinese daily the only details he found out about the trip was when he saw his daughter’s credit card bill, which showed a return date of 16 April. He was also told by his daughter’s company that she did not apply for annual leave.

A Facebook friend of Yap’s told the Straits Times that the two had been in contact with her, and that they were “safe” but declined to elaborate.