CHENGDU, China - A couple in southwest China recently found their missing daughter after searching for 24 years.
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According to the BBC, Wang Mingqing and Liu Dengying of Chengdu lost their 3-year-old daughter, Qifeng, in 1994 after Wang left the family's fruit stand to get some change. Although the parents launched what would become a decades-long search, buying newspaper ads, posting descriptions online and scouring the city, police could not find the girl.
But things started to change in 2015, when Wang started working as a taxi driver to expand his search. He put a sign on his car and handed out flyers to his passengers. Chinese media outlets learned of his efforts and shared his story.
How long can you stay away from your #family? Hours, Days but 24 years??— Indiatimes (@indiatimes) April 4, 2018
Parents in #China finally united with their daughter after 24 long years & it's so #heartwarming.
Their story is both sad & happy at the same time... pic.twitter.com/vwa7ocffkF
Two years later, a police sketch artist who had heard about Wang's search drew an age-progressed picture of Qifeng. Last month, 27-year-old Kang Ying, who lives 1,700 miles away in the northeastern province of Jilin, saw the image and thought it looked a lot like her, the Global Times reported. Kang, who was adopted and grew up just 12 miles from Chengdu, tracked down Wang on social media and took a DNA test, which confirmed that she was his missing daughter.
The family had an emotional reunion Tuesday in Chengdu.
And Wang was finally able to give his daughter a hug again.
"Daddy loves you," he said.
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