According to Dailymail UK, a man known as Li Shunji and his wife, Du Li lost their then 3-year-old son on the busy streets of Xi’an city on August 8, 1994.The 27-year Li Lei, was finally able to meet his 59-year-old biological father on Friday after local police successfully identified him in a DNA database of missing children.
The emotional moment a father in north-west China finally reunited with his missing son after almost 24 years, have been captured on camera.
While speaking to a correspondent, Li who vividly remembered the day he lost his son, affectionately known as Lei Lei said; ‘I left home to start selling clothes at my stall,’ he said. ‘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,’ 59-year-old Li Shunji, told Chinese Business Gazette.
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. Luckily, Lei Lei’s parents raised the as their own son.
‘Communication technology back then did not enable us to seek help efficiently,’ Li said.
The father then sold his business and began travelling across the country in a bid to find his son. 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,’ Li said.
The lucky break came when local police were able to identify Lei Lei in a national DNA database for missing children. At the tearful reunion, the weeping father dropped to his knees the moment he saw his son – who is now a grown man. Lei Lei, also overcome in excitement, took his father into a long embrace.