Taxi driver finds daughter after 24-year search

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/4/2 19:43:39

A taxi driver in Sichuan Province has been reunited with his long-lost daughter after 24 years thanks to a news article detailing his relentless search.

Police DNA tests on Monday confirmed Wang Mingqing to be the father of Kang Ying, who had disappeared in 1994.

The family is to be reunited today for the first time in 24 years, Huaxi Metropolitan Daily reported.

Kang, now 27, was found as a child on the side of a road in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.

At least that was what her adopted family had told her, the paper reported. 

Wang recalled taking his three-year-old daughter to their family fruit stand in Chengdu back in October 1994.

He turned his back momentarily to make change for a customer, only to find his daughter - then named Wang Qifeng - had disappeared. 

"Our daughter only knew our first names and did not know where we lived," said her mother Liu Dengying, in tears.

"For the next six months, I would walk and my husband would ride his bike looking for her. It was like looking for a needle in a haystack."

Years later, Wang hit the pavement again. He became a driver for Didi Chuxing, a China's Uber equivalent, in the hopes he would one day pick up someone who recognized his daughter, passing out cards with his daughter's information and photo to passengers.

In 2015, Wang's touching story attracted the attention of Huaxi Metropolitan Daily. The article gained traction and was later picked up by CCTV.

The news miraculously caught Kang's eye while living in Northeast China, Jilin Province - nearly 2,800 kilometers away from where she was lost in Chengdu.

Kang, now a mother of two, contacted Wang on March 16 in the hopes her own search for her biological family would finally come to an end.

Police on Monday said a DNA test confirmed Wang's parentage of Kang.

She is scheduled to arrive in Chengdu today and be reunited with her father, mother and a younger sister who she has never met.

Huaxi Metropolis Daily


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