PARIS — A star pupil from Senegal who went lacking with no phrase in Paris earlier this month, setting off an outpouring of concern, is claimed to have turned up, however the thriller surrounding her disappearance is, if something, deeper than ever.
Senegalese officers in France mentioned the scholar, Diary Sow, had been discovered “protected and sound.” And a Senegalese authorities minister launched a letter of apology he described as hers through which Ms. Sow mentioned she had disappeared of her personal accord.
However the pupil has but to be seen in public. And French prosecutors — who had opened an inquiry however have been reported to be leaning in opposition to an evidence of foul play — declined to remark.
As for Ms. Sow’s household in Senegal, they mentioned they merely have no idea what to assume. They’ve but to listen to from the younger girl, based on her uncle, Ibrahima Sow.
The disappearance of Ms. Sow, 20, garnered large consideration in Senegal, the place the president as soon as described her as “the pleasure of an entire nation,” and in France, the place she was finding out at one of many nation’s most prestigious faculties.
However on Monday, the Senegalese Consulate in Paris mentioned in an announcement that she was unhurt and within the firm of Serigne Mbaye Thiam, a Senegalese minister whom officers described as her “parrain,” or guardian.
“Senegalese diplomatic and consular authorities in France thank the French authorities for its environment friendly help, in addition to all the Senegalese group in France, particularly its college students, for his or her mobilization,” the assertion mentioned.
Final week, Mr. Thiam posted excerpts from the letter ascribed to Ms. Sow on Twitter, and mentioned he had been speaking together with her for a number of days. However the letter raised virtually as many questions because it answered.
“Those that search a rational clarification for what I did might be disillusioned, as there may be none,” Ms. Sow wrote, based on Mr. Thiam, though the letter additionally alluded to what she referred to as a “deep quest.”
As a pupil in Senegal, Ms. Sow got here first in highschool competitions. She met the president. She gained a scholarship to check on the Lycée Louis-le-Grand, an elite faculty in Paris that opens the doorways to France’s greatest enterprise, science and engineering faculties. She revealed a novel and had a following on social media.
So when Ms. Sow was reported lacking, it got here as a blow each to those that knew her and to those that had admired her from a distance, in her West African nation and in France. When she didn’t present as much as courses after the winter break, her faculty raised the alarm with Senegalese authorities in Paris, who knowledgeable the police.
Within the letter that purports to be from Ms. Sow, she says she departed as a result of she wanted to take “a bit of break to get my spirits again.” She mentioned she was “terribly, profoundly sorry” for the ache she had brought on and implied that she would return to Paris and to highschool.
“Opposite to what individuals appear to assume, I’m not giving up the life I had earlier than,” she wrote.
The letter couldn’t be independently verified, however in a post on Twitter final week, the Senegalese consulate mentioned that its investigations backed up a part of Mr. Thiam’s account: that Ms. Sow had left voluntarily and that she was wholesome and protected. Senegal’s embassy in Paris said the same.
Aurelien Breeden reported from Paris, and Ruth Maclean from Dakar, Senegal. Mady Camara contributed reporting from Mbour, Senegal, and Aida Alami from Dakar.