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Father Reunited with Missing Daughter After 24-Year Search

Father Reunited with Missing Daughter After 24-Year Search

Mingqing even became a taxi driver in 2015 in a desperate bid to canvas as large of an area as possible.

In 1994, Wang Mingqing and Liu Dengying were selling fruit at a busy stand in the city of Chengdu with their daughter Qifeng. Kang, who had reportedly been told that she was adopted, lamented how she grew up in Sichuan town, merely 20 kilometers away from her birth parents.

Wang began driving around his home city in a taxi three years ago, using the opportunity to interact with more than 4,000 passengers, in the hope that they would spread the word about his search.

His desperate efforts attracted the attention of Chinese media.

Earlier this year, Qifeng, now 27, who had grown up with the name Kang Ying, came across a social media appeal post and reached out to the couple who she thought might be her parents.

He placed a sign with information about his daughter in the rear window of his vehicle and handed out cards profiling his lost offspring to customers, asking for help from anyone who would listen.

However, last year, a police sketch artist chose to help the family by drawing a picture of what Qifeng may look like as an adult. Not having a likeness of how she looked later in life, he included a photo of another daughter who looked similar.

A subsequent DNA test confirmed what they'd already believed.

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On Monday, Mr Wang and Kang Ying spoke for the first time via a voice messenger app, thecover.cn reported (in Chinese).

Yesterday (Apr. 03), Wang and his wife were reunited with their daughter in person. The parents tried everything to find her, including putting out ads in newspapers, but her whereabouts remained a mystery. She had been told by her adoptive father that she was found on the side of the road and did not have a mother.

Kang Ying could not deny the similarities between the sketch and her face.

"From now on, Dad is here - you don't need to worry about anything - Dad will help you", Mr Wang said.

"Daddy loves you", Wang cried as he hugged his daughter.

The following day, they were reunited after 24 years.

Asked by a reporter what he would say to her, Wang said he would apologise because he had let her down as a father.

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