A man in China who was kidnapped as a two year old has reunited with his biological parents 32 years later. The police used facial recognition technology to help track down Mao Yin who was kidnapped outside a hotel in Xi’an in central Shaanxi province in 1988.
Yin was brought up by a childless couple in neighbouring Sichuan who had bought him from the kidnappers. His adoptive parents never revealed that he was not their biological child.
International news agencies said that the cops “aged” one of Mao’s childhood photos and searched the national database to find close matches. They were also helped by a tip off that a person in Sichuan had bought a child in the late 80’s.
The 34-year-old man now plans to live with his biological parents, who had never given up the search for their missing boy.
Mao’s mother Li Jingzhi was quoted as saying by the agency that after her child’s kidnap she quit her job and sent over 100,000 flyers to officials and appeared on TV to help seek the return of her child.