- A 17-year-old girl disappeared on Thursday night, December 21
- Ica Policarpio's family has been posting on social media in hopes of finding her
- On December 24, Ica is finally reunited with her family
It's the most wonderful Christmas gift a family can receive.
A day before Christmas, Ica Policarpio, who has been missing for almost 3 days, has been found in San Pablo, Laguna by the police.
Ica's sister, Bea Policarpio, posted the update on Facebook at around 9:34 am on Sunday, December 24.
Bea expressed the family's gratitude to the public for praying for the safe return of her sister.
She added that the investigation is still ongoing and requested the public to respect the family's privacy at this time.
This is her complete message:
"We found Ica. Words cannot express our joy in this moment. Our family can never thank you enough, each and every one of you, for storming the heavens so we could be given a second chance to be complete. Investigation is still ongoing, but be assured we will be verifying relevant facts via official media sites. Kindly wait for that and respect our family's privacy at this time. In the meantime we just wanted to ease everyone's worry and let you all know that she is okay, she is unharmed, and she is with us. Thank you Lord. Thank you everyone for helping us #FindIca."
Ica's photos has been circulating all over the social networks after Bea and the rest of her family asked the online community to help them find Ica.
According to a report by Rappler, the police earlier speculated that Ica might have run away after being scolded by her parents.
They clarified, however, that they were still not ruling out kidnapping at that time.
As of the moment, no official reports has been released regarding the reasons for her disappearance.
Before she went missing, Ica was last seen at a coffee shop in Lakefront Sucat mall in Parañaque.
Her parents were supposed to pick her up, but only found her belongings on one of the cafe's tables.
CCTV footage showed her standing up after a phone conversation with her father. She was then seen at the cashier, asking for change for her P1,000-bill.
After that, she went to a convenience store where she bought a bottle of water, presumably to get smaller bills, according to the police.
From there, she was seen walking away.
According to the Muntinlupa police, the parents confirmed that they scolded Ica on the night she went missing.