A Chinese man who was kidnapped 32 years in the past when he was a toddler, reunited with his parents on Monday, May 18, because of facial recognition technology.
He was a toddler when he was kidnapped from a resort and offered to a childless couple.
Mao Yin was simply 2 when he was kidnapped on the way in which residence from nursery college after his father briefly regarded away whereas getting him some water in a resort within the Chinese metropolis of Xi’an, based on Chinese state-broadcaster CCTV.
He was then offered to a childless couple in a neighboring province.
After the boy was taken, the parents devoted their lives to discovering him, with his organic mom Li Jingzhi quitting her job to seek for him full time.
She posted greater than 100,000 flyers round 10 provinces and have become a frequent visitor on tv exhibits — together with “The X-Factor” — asking for assist in discovering Mao.
Mao had seen his organic mom on the tv exhibits, however had no concept he was the one being looked for by the household for over three a long time.
In late April, Xi’an police obtained a tip about a man who had purchased a child within the 1980s, based on information company Xinhua.
Investigators used facial recognition technology to investigate an outdated photograph of Mao as a boy and got here up with a simulated picture of what he would possibly seem like immediately. They in contrast the photograph to those in a nationwide database and have been in a position to monitor down a man residing within the metropolis of Mianyang and going by the identify of Gu Ningning.
A DNA check proved Gu was really Mao who had been kidnapped all these years in the past.
Police later stated a childless couple had paid the equal of $840 in immediately’s cash for Mao on the time of his kidnapping.
Jingzhi was advised authorities had tracked down her long-lost son on Mother’s Day.
“This is the best gift I have ever got,” she stated, based on BBC.
On Monday, the household broke down in tears embracing one another after lastly being introduced collectively at a information convention held by the Xi’an police.
“I don’t want him to leave me anymore. I won’t let him leave me anymore,” stated Mao’s mom, Li Jingzhi.
Mao, who now runs a residence ornament enterprise in Sichuan, stated he’ll transfer to Xi’an to reside with his organic parents, based on CCTV.
As an investigation into the October 17, 1988 disappearance is ongoing, police have but to offer any extra particulars on the couple who paid for Mao.
Below is a video of Mao reuniting with his parents.