Chinese couple reunite with lost daughter after 24-year search

  • Chinese couple found their long lost daughter after 24 years
  • They did not stop searching for their lost child who was only three years old then
  • Several ways were done to search for their child

“My efforts of 24 years were not wasted! My daughter has been found – thank you everyone.”

These were the words posted on social media by Wang Mingqing – the father who lost his 3-year-old daughter in 1994 – as he thanked his friends and everyone who untiringly supported his search alongside his wife Liu Dengying who lived in misery after Qifeng (name of their daughter) went missing.

For over two decades, the couple had looked for their lost daughter and did not lose hope that one day they will be reunited with her.

As revealed in a published report by BBC News, the Chinese couple were fruit sellers, selling their wares at a roadside stall in the south-western city of Chengdu.

On that particularly busy day, Mr. Wang ran out of change, and briefly went to a neighboring stall to change money for a customer. Unfortunately, when he returned to their stall minutes later, his daughter was nowhere to be found.

Mr. Wang and his wife spent years searching for their child in the city and the surrounding areas. Several ways done to locate their child include taking out advertisements in newspapers and setting up online appeals.

With two other children, the couple never left Chengdu, in the hope that Qifeng would find her way back to them, the report added.

In 2015, Mr Wang decided to broaden the search by signing up as a driver with ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing. He did this in the hope that he might one day pick her up as a passenger, the report further disclosed.

To effectively locate his lost child, he put up a large sign appealing for information on his rear window, and he also gave out cards with information about his daughter to every passenger he ferried.

Since Mr. Wang has no picture of Qifeng as a toddler, he used a picture of his other daughter in his leaflets, as they apparently looked similar.

As reported, Mr. Wang’s unique method caught the attention of the Chinese media. “One day, my daughter may just be the person sitting in my car!” he was then quoted as saying.

Over the years, Chinese police identified several young women who could possibly turn out to be the lost Qifeng, but DNA tests showed they were not her.