This may be an off topic question. But there is no other place that I think I will get help on this. This is serious.

One of my relative's daughter (12th standard) is missing and it seems like she is having some connection with some banned groups (her lover is one of them). Her parents got this letter from her book recently. They share it to me. It seems like Greek letters. I tried typing all it in Greek font in Google Translate and tried to translate, but the result was gibberish.

So I think this is some kind of code. Please help me find the code and understand what the letter is about. This is very serous and it's the matter of a young girl's life.

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You can down vote if you think this is not the place. But please don't delete or close this question at least for a couple of days so that someone can help.

Moderators can close or delete this post as it got cracked already by M Oehm. Many thanks to him for his help.

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    $\begingroup$ I can't tell if you're for real or if it's just the background for the question $\endgroup$
    – Mithical
    Aug 29, 2016 at 13:10
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    $\begingroup$ Ok. So I'm not sure this is the right place for this, but if it can help: because of the returning words, it seems like a simple substitution cipher for me. Someone who reads greek letters fluently can probably type it fast to have a digitized version. $\endgroup$
    – elias
    Aug 29, 2016 at 13:10
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    $\begingroup$ @AeJey you say you have already typed this into Google Translate. Please share the typed stuff and the first name of the girl, assuming her name starts with an 'h'. $\endgroup$
    – nl-x
    Aug 29, 2016 at 13:30
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, I really really really hope this is fiction. I would hate to think that someone's life depends on the results of an internet post. $\endgroup$ Aug 29, 2016 at 13:47
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    $\begingroup$ Well, it's "Symbol font" rather than Greek; Greek has a lot of diacritics and it doesn't use the infnity symbol as letter as far as I know. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Aug 29, 2016 at 13:55

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This is only a partial solution, a first step. The letter is written ...

in English, at least part of it. It uses a monoalphabetic cipher where Greek letters and other symbols represent Latin letters. The letter uses abbreviations such as u = you and bcos = because. Punctuation is as usual in English and when we assume that the word with the apostrophe in the second line is either "can't" or "don't", we can guess that the first sentence reads:

I don't think that I would b able to call u again.

The whole letter reads:

my muthu
I don't think that I would b able
to call u again. bcos n.n last
vilichitt shelf properly close
cheyythilla. so avarkk manassilayi
n.n vilichinenn. moreover phonil
ninn balance. kurannathum avarkk
manassilayi. so if u don't mind will u
give me a phone. ennala veetil
full preshnam aayirunnu. so inorder
to solve it, n.n sammathiciu n.n
phone eduth ninghale vilichini but
n.n parannu n.n ellam nirthi enn
parayananu vilichathenn. appune nalla
vishvasamanallo. athko.d n.n parannu
n.n oolude mumbil nilla vilichu paran
enn. oolum sammathiciu enghanayallo
and at last they believed. but
avarkk pediyund n.n ellam nirthu e?
parannathkond whether u would take
revenge on me. achan ene oriknasum
ninghala that shopul kanaruthe.
bcos he told eneyum oonn nilla
disturb aakunundengil case edikkam
karanam avarude vicharam n.n

ellam parannu. kainnittum backil nadakura-
nenn. ene muthal appukk half day class
aanu. n.n oolude kaiyil letter
kodukk.a. n.n vandu-moonuu days aayi
letter kodukhunnu. but she told u was not there. n.n ene enkk
pattumengis mathre viliku ketto.
don't think anything. n.n ene athava
vilikunundengil new numberil mathre
vikikku pinna phone ennuk after onam
vacationu. shesham mathi enkk pediyu-
nd but enkk vilikan. vera no other
method. if u have some problem
then no need eykk kure parayanund
but epposhum vilikumb. enthenghlum
preshnam undakam.
enkk orupad orupad orupad
eshttanu ketto

yours lovingly ...

I've tried to keep the layout as in the original. Thanks to elias and noteness, who have contributed in the comments below, I now know that ...

the non-English words are Malayalam. This language has its own script, but in the letter it is transliterated into Latin. I'm obviously not familiar with Malayalam, so there may well bet transcription errors in the Malayalam words. Sorry about that.

For completeness's sake, the alphabet is

α β γ δ ∞ 6 ρ x λ . π σ μ ν ε Σ . ω φ ψ Λ Ω ~ . τ .

(The τ (Y) isn't really a τ, but more like a latin t. The ν (N) could also be a θ. The dot in n.n stands for ya and the word, which occurs often, is nyan/ñan, or I in English. Two letters are unresolved: the t with the stroke to the left in athko.d and the u-shape in kodukk.a.)

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    $\begingroup$ malayalamenglishdictionary.com/… $\endgroup$
    – elias
    Aug 29, 2016 at 16:35
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    $\begingroup$ That is malayalam written in english! The last 2 lines mean: "I really really really love you" (orupad means really) that n.n is nan(njan w/e), which means I. I would try to translate it to english. $\endgroup$
    – noteness
    Aug 29, 2016 at 17:33
  • $\begingroup$ (actually orupad means a lot) $\endgroup$
    – noteness
    Aug 29, 2016 at 17:43
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    $\begingroup$ @noteness: Thanks, that's useful information. I don't know anything about Malayalam, so I can't really translate it. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Aug 29, 2016 at 18:39
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    $\begingroup$ @AeJey: Thanks. I'm glad you could use it, because I'm obvously no great help with the Malayalam. Which infinity symbol do you mean? Infinity resolves to e; I've added a decryption table for completeness. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Aug 29, 2016 at 19:01

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