Man from E. China Shandong expects to be reunited with his abducted son after 24 years
The good news is spreading on Chinese social media that the man from East China’s Shandong Province who had traveled over 500,000 kilometers on his motorbike to look for his abducted son, finally found his son after 24 years.
The 51-year-old man named Guo Gangtang from Liaocheng in Shandong and his son are expected to meet each other soon after being apart for 24 years. Guo’s son was abducted by human traffickers in 1997 when he was 2 years old. His son was found by joint efforts of the police in Shandong and Central China’s Henan provinces through DNA sequence alignment.
Guo’s experience of looking for his son on his motorbike and helping other families with their missing family members was adapted into the movie Lost and Love starring Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau, which premiered in 2015.
Since 1997, Guo has been looking for his son, riding his motorbike and traveling across China. Over the years, 10 motorbikes were damaged and scraped.
Although there have been many pieces of news claiming that his son was found, their DNA did not match.
Guo’s sharing of knowledge about abduction and human trafficking prevention on social media platforms such as Douyin have become popular among netizens. While looking for his own son, he also helped many other families with abducted children become reunited through the website he created.
According to media reports, Guo found his son, Guo Zhen, who is now living in Henan. The police will arrange for the father and son to meet soon. “He is fine. God treated me fairly,” Guo told the media.
Internet users were also touched by Guo’s story and congratulated the father for finding his son. “All sufferings have their reward,” a netizen commented on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo. “I hope more families with missing members can reunite and I hope there are no abductions anymore,” another commented.