Shandong Parents, Kidnapped Son Reunited After 24 Years

A man in China has been reunited with his son after 24 years of riding his motorbike for more than 500,000 km in search of his son.

Guo Gangtang’s son, Guo Xinzhen, went missing in September 1997. He was two years and five months old then. kidnapped in front of their home in eastern Shandong province – where he was playing unattended, reports said.

“Today is very important to me. My baby has been found. The future is full of happiness,” Guo was quoted as saying by The Star in a post on a Chinese news site.

Child abduction is a problem in China – with thousands of abductions every year, the BBC reports.

The Ministry of Public Security said the kidnappers sold the boy to a family in central China.

Authorities were able to trace the boy’s identity through DNA testing, according to MPS.

Guo and his wife cried and hugged their son during the reunion in Liaocheng, Shandong, state news agency CCTV said.

“Honey, you’re back!” The mother, whose name has not been released, said in a video of the reunion.

His son’s disappearance inspired a movie in 2015,”Loss and love“starring Hong Kong actor Andy Lau. People are now asking for a sequel.

Guo has passed 10 motorbikes and traveled to all provinces and regions of China for more than two decades.

When asked how he would get along with his son’s adoptive parents, Guo said he would just “regard them as relatives”, CCTV quoted him as saying.

Two suspects were arrested. Police did not disclose details about the family that bought Guo’s son, the Global Times said.

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