Last year, a breakthrough happened when a police sketch artist learned about Mr. Wang. The sketch artist offered to help in the search effort by producing a drawing of what Qifeng might look like as an adult. The picture was then circulated online.
On the other side of the country, a woman called Kang Ying saw the picture on social media and was shocked by how much it resembled her.
As noted in the report, Kang Ying had been raised by adoptive parents in a nearby town about 20 kilometers (12 miles) away from Chengdu. Her adoptive family had told her that she was found on the side of a road in Chengdu as a child.
Earlier this year, Kang Ying contacted Mr Wang and from there the latter discovered that she (Kang Ying) shared some unusual traits with his missing daughter, including a small scar on her forehead.
Hence, they quickly arranged for a DNA test. And yes, the result was positive — Mr Wang had finally found his long-lost child!
Recently, Mr Wang and Kang Ying spoke for the first time via a voice messenger app, thecover.cn reported (in Chinese).
“From now on, Dad is here – you don’t need to worry about anything – Dad will help you,” Mr. Wang was quoted as saying.
The father and daughter were reunited in person when Kang Ying, who lives in northern Jilin province, flew to Chengdu together with her husband, son and daughter. At the tearful reunion he hugged his long-lost daughter and said: “Daddy loves you.”
Kang Ying and her mother, Liu Dengyeng, tightly hugged each other and cried on their reunion. They were quickly joined by the rest of the family.
“The whole world told me I didn’t have a mother – but I do!” Kang Ying said with joy.