Chinese family reunited with missing daughter after 24 year search

Media and bystanders watched as the family reunited at the Chengdu airport on Tuesday.
Media and bystanders watched as the family reunited at the Chengdu airport on Tuesday. Photo credit: THECOVER.CN

A Chinese family has been reunited with their missing daughter after searching for her for 24 years. 

Wang Qifeng was three years old when she wandered off from her parents roadside fruit stall in south western China, The Telegraph reports. 

Her father Wang Mingqing and wife Liu Chengying frantically searched for her, shouting out her name and asking people if they had seen her. 

The couple eventually had another child, but they never gave up the search for their first child, posting appeals online and handing out over 10,000 fliers. 

Mr Wang even became a taxi driver in the hope he would come across his daughter as a passenger.

Now 24 years later the couple have been reunited with her. 

She is now now called Kang Ying, and got in touch with her father after she saw a police sketch of what she may look like as an adult. She realised she could be the missing girl.

Ms Ying was living on the other side of China and had been adopted by another family as a child.

A DNA test confirmed she was the couple's missing daughter. 

The incredible story has swept the country with media and bystanders watching the family reunite at the Chengdu airport on Tuesday. 

"From now on, Dad is here - you don't need to worry about anything - Dad will help you," he told her in front of local media. 

"The whole world told me I didn't have a mother - but I do!" Ms Ying later told reporters. 

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