For the past half year, a disabled man from Zhanjiang, Guangdong province has been seen crawling through the city searching for his two-and-a-half-year-old son who went missing in January. The child, who would be three years old now, has yet to be found.
Chen Shengkuan has spent his entire life in his Suixi county village, and despite never having traveled outside before, he even crawled all the way to Guangzhou to look for his little boy.
Due to his disability, Chen can only carry himself on all fours. Before his child Chen Zhaoyuan went missing, he was working six days a week in a factory producing urinary catheters in the Mazhang district. He made about one to two thousand yuan a month and transferred most of it back to his home in Suixi, saving only 300 yuan for himself.
While he worked, Chen’s parents helped him raise little Zhaoyuan, as he paid monthly visits.
On the morning of January 2, the little boy’s grandparents were out running some errands and left him with his cousins. At around half past 10, the grandfather noticed that Zhaoyuan was missing and set out to look for him with the help of neighbors.
They called Chen, who dropped everything and went searching for his son all over town. Unable to locate him, Chen suspected that the boy was kidnapped by child traffickers. The family called the police, but a lack of CCTV cameras in the village has made the search nearly impossible.
After learning of the incident, Chen’s ex-wife, Zeng Huarong, returned to the family. Chen also decided to go out to look for his son while taking a few days off from work here and there.
Chen was last seen crawling out of Guangzhou’s Haizhu Terminal on July 14. He was carrying a brown bag with pictures of his son, a missing notice and a bottle of water.
“There are more media outlets over here in Guangzhou, and I hope they’ll be able to spread the word out and help with the search for my son,” he told reporters.
Later in the afternoon, Chen left and went back to Zhangjiang. He told reporters that he would never give up on his son and would keep looking for him for him until he was found.
By Crystal Lau
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