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Dad never gives up on finding abducted son. 24 yrs later discovers he was sold to a family
The devoted dad spent years conducting his own search in the hopes of finding his son, traveling all over China by motorcycle to try to find him. Finally, after all those years he got a tip from police that matched the description of his son with a man.
Colby Maxwell
07.20.21

Losing a kid is a pain that is indescribable for anyone who hasn’t experienced it. Unfortunately, it happens much more than it needs to and parents are left with the heartbreaking experience of a lifetime. For one dad, that horrible day was flipped on its head 24-years later.

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In China, child abductions happen quite a bit.

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Every year, thousands of kids are abducted in China.

An estimated 70,000 children are kidnapped in China every year, although the Chinese government reported fewer than 10,000 kidnappings. According to the United States Department of State, estimates are closer to 20,000. Some children are reported to have been sold into adoption overseas. – Wikipedia

Guo Gantang and his son were hanging out in front of their home in the Shandong province when the abductors struck.

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Guo’s kid was outside playing when a female suspect saw him. Years later, the police have identified her as “Tang”. She grabbed the boy and took him to her partner at the bus stop where he was taken by her partner, Hu.

After a bus ride, they took him to an intercity neighborhood in the Henan province and sold him.

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As you could imagine, the police jumped to work trying to find the boy in order to reunite him with his rightful family. China’s Ministry of Public Security was able to use DNA testing to get leads and eventually track down the individuals responsible for the event.

The abduction inspired one of the most beautiful events a parent has even undertaken.

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When his son was originally abducted back in 1997, Guo hopped on his motorcycle and started chasing down tips. Running around the country from province to provide led him over 310,000 miles in search of his boy. It was so incredible that it even inspired filmmakers to recreate the story for the big screen.

In 2015, the film Lost and Love was released starring Andy Lau, a superstar from Hong Kong.

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Although it was unfortunate, there have been recent developments that reunited Guo and his boy! The police discovered a man living in the province he was originally brought to after the abduction and DNA tests confirmed him to be Guo’s son!

They were finally reunited, albeit it two decades later.

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Seeing your son grown-up for the first time in decades would be quite an emotional experience. When Guo and his wife saw his son, they broke down in tears. They were finally reunited.

Andy Lau, the Hong Kong superstar, even reached out to say congratulations.

Andy got to know Guo while filming the movie and was able to send his congratulations to the united family.

“I’d like to say to Brother Guo that I admire your persistence,” he said, according to the South China Morning Post.

Their son was living a good life as a teacher.

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Although it was heartbreaking years ago, it’s wonderful to see where the boy is now. Thankfully, he was able to survive the terrible event and make a decent living for himself as a school teacher.

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By Colby Maxwell
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Colby Maxwell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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