After repeatedly watching a video of a disabled beggar singing on the street, a Shandong family believed that they had finally found their missing daughter. But now the woman in the video has come forward, claiming that she is not from Shandong and asking everyone to leave her alone.
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 believed strongly that the beggar in the video was their lost Cuicui. Still, they were 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.
Chinese netizens responded to the family’s request for help in tracking the woman down. On Wednesday, the story became one of the top trending topics 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. The local Zunyi police opened up an investigation into the incident, tracking down the woman who shot the viral video. She told police that she had seen the woman begging on the street for two days in a row, but hadn’t seen her again.
Then, on Thursday, a woman surnamed Nie walked into a police station in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province, saying that she was the woman in the video, but claiming that she was definitely not Mou Cuicui. Nie said that her begging was voluntary and she had not been forced into it after having her arms and legs cut off by a gang. “I am not from Shandong, please stop disturbing my life,” the woman said to police.
However, Chinese netizens don’t completely believe the woman, speculating that a beggar gang could be forcing her to deny her true identity or suspecting that she simply does not want to be found. They are calling for a DNA test to be conducted to find out for sure if the woman is Mou Cuicui.
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