Whoa, we can’t even imagine what this family had to go through looking for their missing daughter for over two decades! But we’re glad they didn’t give up!
Wang Mingqing and his wife Liu Dengying were working at their roadside fruit stall in Chengdu, China when their daughter Qifeng disappeared on January 8, 1994.
According to Channel News Asia, the then three-year-old went missing when her father, Wang stepped away to get change for a customer from a neighboring stall. The distraught parents, who have two other children, made it their mission to find their lost daughter by trying every measure they could think of.
It is learned that the couple contacted the police, put up missing signs on streets, visited children’s shelters, and publicized their search through newspaper advertisements.
“For the next six months, I would walk and my husband would ride his bike as we looked for her. It was like looking for a needle in a haystack.”
After 21 years of Qifeng’s disappearance, Wang became a driver for ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing in 2015 in an attempt to continue spreading the word about his daughter.
He would put up a placard in his car about Qifeng and gave out business cards with information on his daughter to passengers. He apparently used a photograph of his other daughter for reference, as he did not have a recent picture of Qifen and the two girls looked similar as young children.
Source: Channel News Asia
The story went viral after local news media caught wind of the family’s search and in late 2017, a police sketch artist offered to help Wang by drawing what Qifeng might look like in present day.
With that, the sketch began circulating far and wide online, eventually leading to a 27-year-old woman from Jilin who recognized herself in the portrait. Apparently, the woman, now known as Kangying, had been adopted after she was found on the side of a road in Chengdu as a child.
Kangying grew up with her adopted family in Panshi city, a four-hour plane ride from Chengdu. She contacted Wang on April 2 and discovered that she shared similar traits with his long-lost daughter, such as a small scar on her forehead.
In addition, DNA test results confirmed that Kangying was a 99.9% match with Wang and Liu. She then immediately flew to Chengdu with her husband, son, and daughter to reunite with her biological parents.
“I really need time to absorb the change. Everything’s happened so fast. It’s like the people in my dreams have walked into reality and are standing in front of me.”
Wang, on the other hand, tearfully told his daughter,
“I can’t tell you how much hope, disappointment, and despair we have gone through these past 24 years. Now we can finally meet again.
“Dad loves you.”
Both Wang and Liu thanked the media for their instrumental help in reuniting them with their daughter.
“If not for the leads, she would never have found us.”