A man from China was abducted from his family when he was just 2 years old. After 32 long years, he finally reunites with his parents.
Mao Yin was last seen in 1988. His mother, Li Jingzhi revealed that while walking home from the nursery, Mao Yin and his father stopped in front of the hotel to fetch a drinking water for the thirsty toddler. “He disappeared in a matter of seconds while his father briefly looked away,” Li told South China Morning Post.
Since then, Li dedicated her life in searching for their lost son. She would appear in television shows and sent out more than 100,000 flyers. She joined in a team, “Baby, Come Home” that aims to find missing children and connect them to their families. Since joining, she has helped 29 families. She said that hope motivates her and believes that she will someday find her own son. And apparently, she did.
Just last month, police received a tip about a man who was sold to a family when he was still a boy. Surprisingly, the boy came from Xian, Mao Yin’s hometown. Investigators used facial recognition technology to create an image of an adult Mao Yin from his old photo. Then they compared the created image with the ones in their national database. They found a match with a man named Gu Ningning. He then undertook a DNA test proving that indeed, Gu Ningning is Mao Yin.
Reunited after 32 years
On Mother’s day, Li received “the best gift she ever got.” Authorities arranged an emotional reunion for Mao Yin and his parents on a news conference. Together with Mao Yin’s father, Mao Zhenjing, Li finally got to the end of their long quest. They shared an embrace with Mao Yin as a family.
Managing his own interior design company, Mao told the reporters that he would spend some time with his parents before returning home. “To be honest, I’m not quite sure about the future yet.”
Li said that although she had already found her son, she will not stop helping those who still haven’t. “I would like to thank the tens of thousands of people who helped us. I can’t believe that after helping 29 missing children find their families, I am able to find my own son.”
Source: The Guardian