A Yemen girl whose family had said had been snatched by jinn (genies) has been found nearly 50 days after she vanished from her house in Saudi Arabia, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Police said they found the 23-year-old girl asleep at the Grand Mosque in the central town of Makkah although she lives in a village near the western town of Taif, Sabq Arabic language daily said.
The girl was handed over to the Taif police who summoned her brother to identify her, the paper said.
“Her brother confirmed that the girl is his sister…police are taking procedures to hand her over to her family after investigation about the reasons for her disappearance,” it said.
Nearly seven weeks ago, the girl stepped out of her house in a mountainous village and never returned, prompting a massive police search campaign, according to Saudi newspapers.
They said that some people had told police they saw her walking on a hill not far from her house then vanished again.
“Her brothers and some residents in the village said she sometimes appeared at night and then suddenly disappeared…they told police that they believe she has been haunted and taken by jinn.”
Sabq had quoted her brother, Ahmed Ali, as saying his sister ran away from home a year ago but was found at another house on the same day. He said his sister had been nervous and moody but had no problems with the family just before she vanished again.
“On that day, she was with my other sisters washing in the second floor of the house…she then went down to the ground floor…my sisters waited for her but she never came back,” he said.
“Before she vanished, we used to take her to some Koran reciters and scholars…she used to walk into their places but we had to carry her on our way out as she appeared to be in a trance…a red fluid sometimes oozed out of her ears and noses…it was not blood and it had a strange smell…some scholars told us that she is haunted and others said she is under jinn guardianship.”