Police in Shaanxi province helped a 16-year-old girl find her family after she’d been abducted almost 10 years ago.
Cheng Ying had gone missing on her way home from school on October 18, 2005, NetEase News reports. Her father suspected that she’d been trafficked and contacted the police, but no evidence ever surfaced in the case.
For 10 years, the girl’s father continued searching for her, until one day late last year he stumbled upon an online post from a Chengdu girl seeking information about Dabaiyang village in Xi’an. She said she had memories of being taken from there as a child.
It turns out that on that day in October 2005, Cheng had been waiting to go home when a woman approached her and explained that her mother was busy, and that she would be picking her up that day. Cheng went with her, and didn’t see her parents again for more than nine years.
Cheng’s father contacted the police and explained the similarities between the web user’s story and that of his daughter. The Xi’an Public Security Bureau set up a task force to investigate, and soon after found the girl. DNA tests confirmed the two were, in fact, father and daughter.
Six people were arrested, including Cheng’s foster mother, her foster father, the person suspected of abducting Cheng and three others involved in the case.