After being separated for more than 26 years, a pair of twins were reunited last month following an identity fraud investigation.
While checking over population data in November, officials in Jiangsu province noticed that a woman surnamed Yang from Taizhou and another woman surnamed Pei from Wuxi happened to look strikingly, suspiciously similar. Their stated birthdates were only a year apart, leading officials to believe that Yang and Pei were in fact the same person and launch an investigation into the matter, according to the Yangtze Evening Post.
First, investigators called up Yang. She explained that she had been adopted at an early age and had heard that she had a twin, but didn’t have any information about her or any way of tracking her down. Police sent Yang a photo of Pei which she immediately forwarded along to her husband, asking him if he thought this person was pretty.
“This person is you, of course she is pretty,” her husband replied.
Yang also uploaded photos of Pei onto her family’s WeChat group with no one noticing that anything was amiss.
Eventually, police were able to get in contact with Pei as well. She and her husband were equally surprised. Yang and Pei agreed to meet up to have a DNA test done to confirm that they were in fact sisters. In the meantime, they exchanged contact information and stayed up all night messaging on WeChat.
On the date agreed upon, the two sisters had a tearful reunion, meeting for the first time since being separated more than 26 years before. Even Yang’s 16-month-old daughter reached out to Pei, saying “Mom, hug.”
Afterward, police discovered that the two women’s biological parents had wanted to have a son and were disappointed when instead the mother gave birth to twin daughters. They soon gave both of the sisters up for adoption to separate families where the girls grew up unaware of each other’s existence.
Back in January, a pair of 10-year-old Chinese twin sisters were reunited with a bit more fanfare on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The two girls had been separated at birth and then adopted by two different American families living on opposite ends of the country.
[Images via Yangtze Evening Post]