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Google Maps Reunites Chinese Man With Family 23 Years After He Was Abducted

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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A Chinese man abducted when he was five years old used Google Maps to locate his long lost family 23 years later.

Luo Gang was abducted on his way to kindergarten in the Sichuan province and taken nearly 1,000 miles away to Fujian, the news service Nhaidu reported. 

“Everyday before I went to bed, I forced myself to re-live the life spent in my old home,” Gang told the South China Morning Post. “So I wouldn’t forget.”

He was raised by adoptive parents he said loved and treated him like their own, but no reports mentioned whether they knew their son had been abducted from his family. It is unclear if any criminal charges will be brought against the adoptive parents.

Gang did not know the name of the city he was from. He only remembered the town had two bridges. From memory he drew a rough map of what he thought the town would look like. He posted it to a website dedicated to finding missing children.

A volunteer wrote Gang to tell him his abduction matched that of a family who lost a son 23 years ago in Sichuan’s Guangan city.

He looked up the city on Google Maps. He turned on the satellite version and zoomed in on an area called “Yaojiaba.” There he found the two bridges.

"That’s it! That’s my home," he said.

He eventually reunited with his parents and grandparents in Sichuan.

“In the past years, I couldn’t help crying each time I thought about my son, who could be starving without enough clothes on him,” his mother said.

Sources: The VergeNewserSouth China Morning Post