Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Chinese couple finds their lost daughter after 24 years

Chinese couple finds their lost daughter after 24 years

To pull off the surprise, Gottke pulled up to his family's home in a Wayne County fire truck wearing fire gear to make sure his daughters, Tawny and Brea would not recognize him.

Mr Wang printed his daughter's information on a business card and gave it to each of his customers and also put up a poster at the rear window of his taxi. One day, her father ran out of change and chose to visit a nearby stall to get the money for a customer.

When Mr Wang became a taxi driver, he distributed fliers and had posters on the vehicle windows using an image of his other daughter as he did not have a photograph of Qifeng as a child.

"It was the first time I have called them mother and father since we regained contact", Kang Ying, the daughter, told a swarm of reporters after breaking a long, tearful embrace with her biological parents, Wang Mingqing and Liu Dengying.

In an interview, an emotional Mingqing expressed his ultimate wish: "My biggest wish right now is that someday my daughter will sit down in my auto, and shout 'Dad!'" .

A breakthrough came in late 2017 when a police sketch artist wanted to help Wang and drew a portrait of what Qifeng might look like as an adult, reported the BBC. The picture was circulated online.

She had been raised by adoptive parents in a nearby town just 20km (12 miles) away, Chinese media reported.

On Sunday, the DNA test results confirmed that Kang was in fact Wang Qifeng, the daughter who went missing 24 years ago.

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When Kang Ying, a woman living thousands of kilometres from Chengdu, in China's Jilin province, she was shocked by how much it resembled her.

They quickly arranged for a DNA test. "Your father will support you".

On Monday, the two spoke through a messenger app.

Asked what he would say to his daughter, should he ever see her again, a teary-eyed Wang said: "I'm sorry, Dad didn't live up to his responsibilities as a father". When they looked up to check on her, their daughter was already gone.

Images of the reunion were shown on TV and on social media.

The following day, they were reunited after 24 years.

When he was reunited with Qifeng on Tuesday, through tears of joy Mr Wang said "Daddy loves you".

As she hugged her mother surrounded by well-wishers she said tearfully: "The whole world told me I didn't have a mother - but I do!"

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