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Celebrated writer appeals for help investigating daughter's death


08:38, October 09, 2012

BEIJING, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- An online message posted by renowned writer Zhou Meilan on Sunday following the mysterious death of her daughter has attracted much attention and been forwarded hundreds of thousands of times.

The message posted via Zhou's Weibo account said that her 12-year-old daughter, Fu Meisijin, went to buy food from a market not far from her home in Beijing's Dongcheng District at around 4:10 p.m. on Saturday. After two hours, she hadn't returned.

Zhou and her husband went out to find her, only for the security guard of a local residential community to direct them to the mortuary. The guard had called the police after hearing a crash and finding Fu Meisijin's body at around 4:30.

Local police said the girl fell from the building and preliminary investigation at the site showed the death might be a suicide.

"She was lying in the mortuary peacefully and neatly, with little injuries on her head and arms," Zhou wrote via Sina Weibo, China's Twitter-like microblogging service, adding that she and her relatives don't believe Fu Meisijin would have killed herself.

Fu Jianqiao, the girl's father, said his daughter was an optimist who had shown no signs of wanting to commit suicide.

"She was so excellent. She was good at English and writing at school, and classmates and teachers liked her so much," Fu said.

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