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Chinese couple reunited with lost daughter after 24 years

Chinese couple reunited with lost daughter after 24 years”

Cameras followed Kang Ying's journey on the train from Chengdu airport to meet her mother and father.

Wang and Liu were fruit sellers in Chengdu when Qifeng, aged 3 at the time, disappeared.

On one particularly busy day, Mr Wang ran out of change, and briefly went to a neighbouring stall to change money for a customer.

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

His tireless search included becoming a taxi driver, in the hope he might one day pick her up as a passenger. He and his wife Liu Dengying spent years searching for her, taking out advertisements in newspapers and setting up online appeals.

In 2015, Mr Wang made a decision to broaden the search by signing up as a driver with ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing. He would ask each of his passengers any potential information that could lead to the location of his lost daughter, giving them a card with information about his daughter and telling them to share it on WeChat. Wang Mingqing's daughter went missing on January 8, 1994.

Mr Wang did not have a picture of Qifeng as a toddler so he used a picture of his other daughter in his leaflets, as they looked similar. As a result, many young women reached out to the couple.

Last year, a police sketch artist drew up a portrait of what Qifeng might look like after 24 years, which was circulated online. Local media reports that the picture was seen by Qifeng, who was living 12 miles away.

To confirm all was well, her daughter Fancy Makadia also had this to say.

On Monday, the two spoke through a messenger app.

"During the past 24 years, I can't remember how many hopes, disappointments and despairs I have experienced". The parents tried everything to find her, including putting out ads in newspapers, but her whereabouts remained a mystery.

"I don't think I did anything wrong because you're supposed to put God first and that's all I was trying to do is tell my kids to put God first", Dobbins told media.



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