Having a child seemingly vanish into thin air is one of the biggest fears every parent has. Sadly, it’s a nightmare that comes to life for hundreds of thousands of parents every year. While some news outlets put the number of children reported missing every year at 800,000, or about 2,000 a day, the FBI’s National Crime Information Center cites the number of entries for missing children at 464,324 as of January 2017. Regardless of which agency reports what – one child missing is too many.
In 1994, Wang Mingqing and Liu Dengying experienced this terrifying event. The couple was selling fruit on the side of a road in Chengdu, China and had their three-year-old daughter, Qifeng, with them.
It was a very busy day for business and the couple was swamped with customers. Mr. Wang was helping one person who needed change that he did not have so he went to the stand next to them to ask for assistance. When Mr. Wang returned, Qifeng was gone without a trace.
Immediately, the couple asked the customers if they had seen their little girl but when no one had an answer, they panicked. They began searching the area and asking for help from everyone they came into contact with.
Mr. Wang and Ms. Liu spent years searching for Qifeng, refusing to give up hope. They would visit the police station and Children’s Welfare Home often, sifting through missing person records. They bought newspaper ads and enlisted the help of the Internet in hopes someone would know something as to the whereabouts of Qifeng. A few leads would come in, but DNA tests would prove the girls were not Qifeng.
In 2015, Mr. Wang got a job driving a taxi. One of the first things he did was put a large photo on the back of his cab and passed out business cards with all the information he had of Qifeng, who had been missing for 21 years at the time.
His campaign caught the attention of Chinese media and they ran a story on Qifeng. Mr. Wang said hopefully, “One day, my daughter may just be the person sitting in my car!”
A police sketch artist read the story and reached out to Mr. Wang to help. He sat down with him and drew up what he believed Qifeng looked like in 2018. The new images were circulated all over the Internet.
Across the country, Kang Ying saw the sketch artist’s image and was shocked at how much she looked like the girl in the drawing. She had been adopted and raised 12 miles away from Chengdu and had been told she was found on the side of the road.
She reached out to Mr. Wang and the two were struck by how many similarities there were between Ms. Kang and Qifeng. The couple remained hopeful but reserved their excitement since they experienced so many dead ends in the past.
Ms. Kang and the couple sent in to have a DNA test ran. This time, it came back a match! Ms. Kang flew to Chengdu with her husband and two children to meet her parents for the first time in 24 years.
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