Cabbie Dad Finds Missing Daughter After 24 Years

CENPublished: April 3, 201827 views
Published: April 3, 2018

A desperate father who turned to taxi driving in the hope of finding his kidnapped daughter has finally been reunited with his long-lost child after 24 years.

Wang Mingqing, 50, had been searching for his firstborn, Wang Qifeng, since the day she disappeared from his and his wife’s fruit shop in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province in south-western China, in August 1994.

"There were a lot of customers that day. We lost sight of her after they all left," Mingqing, who became a licenced cabbie in 2015, recalled, saying he was certain she had fallen victim to human trafficking.

He and his wife Liu Chengying searched up and down the country, and he eventually turned to the taxi business because he believed it would help him spread the word of his missing child.

Qifeng, now 27, was just three years old when she was abducted and sold to her adoptive family, who named her ‘Kang Ying’.

She knew as much from her foster parents - but she never realised she grew up in a town just 12 miles from her biological family.

In the years since Mingqing became a cabbie, he had handed out thousands of missing persons posters and cards featuring a baby picture of his second daughter - because the couple never thought to take a photo of Qifeng when she was a toddler.

Numerous women who had also been separated from their families came forward believing they could be his missing daughter, but DNA tests proved otherwise.

Last month one of these women was Qifeng, who now has a young daughter of her own and lives in the city of Panshi in north-eastern China’s Jilin Province.

She contacted Mingqing who confirmed through the police DNA testing that she was indeed his long-lost firstborn child.

Qifeng was reunited with her family for the first time in 24 years in a tearful event witnessed by thousands and her first word was "Dad".

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