Chinese Man Find Son Afer 24 Years
|His son was kidnapped as a toddler 24 years ago. DNA testing just found him.|
Guo Gangtang’s story inspired the 2015 film Lost and Love by Hong Kong actor Andy Lau. It was an emotional reunion for the 51-year-old farmer and his wife, who finally rejoined their son Guo Xinzhen in eastern Shandong province, on July 11, 2021.
Thanks to DNA tracing and a father's devotion, one man in China was reunited with his son after 24 years. When Guo Gangtang's son was just two, he was kidnapped by human traffickers outside of their home in the province of Shandong, China.
Son was abducted
In 1997, when his son was taken, the suspects planned to kidnap and sell the child for money.
Guo Gantang’s son Xinzhen was snatched in front of the family home in Shandong province in China in 1997 when the child was just 2 years old.
Guo crisscrossed the country traveling more than 300,000 miles with two banners each showing his son’s photo. He told of battling robbers, sleeping under bridges and begging when his money ran out.
Guo was injured and robbed during his epic search, which inspired the film Lost and Love in 2015 starring Hong Kong actor Andy Lau. He spent the family’s life savings, at times begging for spare change to buy petrol for his bike. When Lau heard that Guo found his son, he celebrated the moment. “I’d like to say to Brother Guo that I admire your persistence,” Lau said in a statement.
He carried photos of his son and chased down tips that eventually led to the identification of his son’s kidnappers, who China’s Ministry of Public Security described as a couple desperate for money who had spotted the child playing and snatched him to sell to traffickers.
How to reunited after 24 years?
Guo and his son, who is a teacher, were reunited Tuesday (July 13, 2021).
According to local media reports, Xinzhen was abducted while playing alone outside his home on Sept. 21, 1997, by a woman and her boyfriend. The couple then immediately sold the two-year-old to a family in a nearby province. Tong Bishan, the deputy director of the Ministry of Public Security’s criminal investigation bureau, said that a man and woman had been arrested in connection with Guo’s abduction, and that the inquiry was ongoing.
China's Ministry of Public Security said the police were able to trace his son's identity and find him through DNA testing. Two suspects, who were dating at the time, planned to kidnap the child and sell him. The female suspect, named Tang, took Gangtang's son while he was playing outside of his home. Then the son was sold in a neighboring province called Henan, Global Times reports.
On Sunday, the father and son were photographed embracing each other for the first time in 24 years. His son was found living in the same province where he was kidnapped more than two decades earlier.
The reunion was broadcast on Chinese state television CCTV, during which the mother could be heard crying, “My baby, you came back.”
“Now that the child has been found, everything can only be happy from now on,” Gangtang said during the reunion. “It is an important day for me.”
While searching for his son, Gangtang traveled over 310,000 miles on his motorbike. He spent years searching but also helping reunite other families in China, according to the Global Times.
“Only on the road, I felt I am a father,” Guo Gantang told the Shandong-based Qilu News in 2015 before the movie was released. “I have no reason to stop [searching]. And it’s impossible for me to stop.”
“Now that the child has been found, everything can only be happy from now on,” Guo said during the reunion. “It is an important day for me.”
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