Li Wei’s mother holds his picture at a Chengdu airport.
A 29-year-old man who was abducted when he was only four years old has been reunited with his biological family more than 25 years later in Baihe town, Sichuan province.
According to NetEase, Li Wei was abducted when he was playing outside of his home on September 29, 1989.
Villagers come out to welcome Li Wei upon his return.
Li Wei’s parents sought the help of the local police, but no evidence ever surfaced in the case, Chengdu Business Daily reports.
Li Wei’s family members cry as they embrace their long-lost relative.
Li Wei’s mother, Lan Mingxiu, had taken blood samples for a DNA database set up by China’s Public Security Ministry. The database collects DNA profiles of abducted children and of parents whose children were stolen.
Villagers prepared a banner reading: “25 years missing, welcome home, dear!”
Fortunately, Li Wei also had samples of his DNA uploaded to the database, and his DNA profile was matched up with that of his mother, who had spent 26 years searching for him.
Li Wei and his family wave at the crowd.
Li Wei is married, and brought his four-year-old son with him on his return home. On March 18, he finally arrived in his hometown, where his family and excited villagers came to welcome him.
Li Wei and his family are photographed celebrating his son’s birthday, which happened to fall on the same day as the reunion.
Last January, a man from Sichuan, abducted when he was only four years old from a food market, finally became reacquainted with his father, and in the same month, a 16-year-old girl was reunited with her family after she’d been abducted almost 10 years before.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via NetEase]