Man Taken From His Parents as a Baby Reunites 31 Years Later
A 32-year-old man who was abducted as a toddler was recently reunited with his parents in China.
Taken away: The son, who now goes by the surname Shen, was separated from his parents 31 years ago after a houseguest took him away, MailOnline reports.
In October 1989, Mrs. Jiang and Mr. Lei welcomed a stranger as a guest in their home at a remote village in Guizhou Province.
Claiming to be a traveler from another province, the stranger offered the couple some money so he could live with them for a week.
During his stay, the guest found an opportunity to snatch the couple’s 1-year-old son, Shuwen, while they were out and fled.
Shortly after discovering their son was gone, the couple and other relatives searched across the province for days, but they failed to find him.
Even the local authorities could not find leads at the time as there wasn’t any sufficient information about the traveler.
Three decades later, Shuwen would emerge as a 32-year-old restaurant owner named Shen, when he went to a police station to have his ID updated.
As part of the procedure for issuing a new ID, Shen had his blood sample taken by officers.
When his DNA was checked with the national database, it was discovered that he was the toddler who was reported abducted in 1989.
Tearful reunion: Mrs. Jiang and Mr. Lei reunited with Shen during an emotional ceremony held by Xuzhou police in Jiangsu on Sept. 29.
Shen, who is now living with his wife and two sons, says he had no idea about what happened to him as a child.
According to Shen, he grew up with his adoptive parents who treated him well.
The reunited family can be seen in the video of the event sobbing uncontrollably as they hugged each other.
Shen promised to look after his birth parents and shared that he plans to bring his wife and children to visit them often.
NextShark reported on a similar story last month, in which a man kidnapped as a baby was reunited with his parents after 38 years. Similarly, authorities found him after his DNA was matched with the national database.
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