- A Chinese father lost his then three-year-old son in Xi'an city in 1994
- A couple found the lost child wandering on his own and decided to take him in
- Local police successfully matched Lei Lei to a DNA database of missing children and was reunited with his father, after 24 years
It was a happy reunion when a father in north-west China finally found his missing son after almost 24 years of fruitless but relentless searching, Dailymail UK reports.
The father, identified as Li Shunji and the mother, Du Li, lost their then three-year-old son on the busy streets of Xi'an city on August 8, 1994.
Li Lei, now 27, was finally able to meet his 59-year-old biological father on Friday, May 25, after local police successfully identified him in a DNA database of missing children.
At the tearful reunion, the weeping father dropped to his knees the moment he saw his son.
Lei said he vividly remembered the day he lost his son, affectionately known as Lei Lei.
“I left home to start selling clothes at my stall. I hadn't realised that my son had followed me. I only realised that he had gone missing after my wife came looking for me at the shop. My legs went numb instantly,” Lei recalled.
NAIJ.com gathered that a couple found the lost toddler wandering on his own and decided to take him in after as they could not locate his parents anywhere.
“Communication technology back then did not enable us to seek help efficiently,” Lei said.
He then sold his business and began travelling across the country in a bid to find his son.
Li Lei, nicknamed Lei Lei, was able to meet his birth parents on Friday, May 25, after local police successfully identified him in a DNA database of missing children.
He printed about 180,000 copies of missing-persons notices and carried them in nylon sacks across the country, delivering them to various provinces.
The distressed father said he lost 59 pounds in three months.
“I kept telling myself, I mustn't give up. I must see my son again,” Lei said.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that a young man identified as Lamarr Mainor, got what must have been the best birthday gift, a surprise reunion, with his father after 37 years.
According to reports, the father and son had been separated for 37 years, only for them to meet after two of Mainor's friends went out of their way to find his father.
Mainor who had spent 15 years at the San Quentin state prison in California, USA, discovered that he liked helping 'troubled youths' especially the ones without a father-figure in their lives, as he had grown up without his father.
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