Chinese couple finds their lost daughter after 24 years

Chinese couple finds their lost daughter after 24 years

Chinese couple finds their lost daughter after 24 years

In 2015, Wang took up a job as a cab driver, which opened up new ways for him to find his daughter.

The couple handed out leaflets, advertised in newspapers and tirelessly searched for her in the city and surrounding areas.

A daughter was reunited with her family Tuesday after 24 years of going missing in Chengdu, China.

The parents had all but given up hope after their daughter, Qifeng, disappeared almost a quarter-century ago at a roadside fruit stand.

"Daddy loves you", Wang cried as he hugged his daughter.

After years of searching went in vain, the pair had a second child, though they say they never stopped looking for Qifeng. Mr. Wang actually stepped up his search by becoming a taxi driver for a popular ride sharing company in China, Didi Chuxing. The results proved that she was indeed his missing daughter, Qifeng.

He put up a large sign appealing for information on his rear window, and also gave out cards with information about Qifeng to every passenger he ferried.

His unique method gained attention from the Chinese media.

However, there was a breakthrough in the search late a year ago when a police sketch artist, who read about the family's plight, produced a drawing of what Qifeng might look like as an adult.

"My biggest wish right now is that someday my daughter will sit down in my vehicle, and shout 'Dad!'" Wang said past year.

Over the years Chinese police identified several women, but DNA tests showed they were not his daughter. The picture was circulated online.

When Kang Ying, a woman living thousands of kilometres from Chengdu, in China's Jilin province, she was shocked by how much it resembled her.

"It was only five minutes and then my daughter was gone", the distraught dad had told West China Daily.

"DNA comparison is the best way to find missing family", an unnamed police officer specialising in child trafficking from Sichuan told livestreaming reporters at the Chengdu airport.

She contacted Mr Wang earlier this year, and found that she shared some unusual traits with his missing daughter, including a small scar on her forehead and a tendency to get nauseous whenever she cried.

Earlier this year, Qifeng, now 27, who had grown up with the name Kang Ying, came across a social media appeal post and reached out to the couple who she thought might be her parents. Kang Ying flew to Chengdu accompanied by her husband, son and daughter.

"From now on dad is here - you don't need to worry about anything - dad will help you", Wang told her in an emotional phone call Monday.

"I can't tell you how much hope, disappointment and despair we have gone through these past 24 years. It really broke my heart", Wang said in the video.

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