After repeatedly watching a video of a disabled beggar singing on the street, a Shandong family believes that they have finally found their missing daughter.
15 years ago, Mou Cuicui ran away from her home in Guanrao County. Her family hasn’t heard from her since. But recently her younger brother watched a video that had gone viral online of a beggar singing on the street in Guizhou province. He thought that the woman looked familiar and showed the video to the rest of his family.
After watching it over and over, the Mou family believes strongly that the beggar in the video is their lost Cuicui. Still, they are not certain. When Cuicui left home more than a decade ago, she was a normal, healthy girl, 165cm in height. The woman in the video is missing both her arms and legs. But when Cuicui’s mother watched the video, she began to sob loudly, believing that she was watching her lost little girl.
The family sent out a request for help from netizens and they have responded. A hashtag on the story has more than 50,000 comments and 70 million views on Weibo. One web user told the family that he had seen the woman at a market in Zunyi some days ago, but wasn’t sure where she was now.
Meanwhile, the local Zunyi police have opened up an investigation into the incident, tracking down the woman who shot the viral video. She told the police that she had seen the woman begging on the street for two days in a row, but hadn’t seen her again. Meanwhile, another resident told police that the woman in the video lives across from him and can’t be the runaway girl from Shandong.
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