Google Maps Reunites Boy With Family 23 Years After Being Snatched As 5-Year-Old
By Staff Writer | May 17, 2013 02:30 PM EDT
Google Maps reunites a man who was snatched as a 5-year-old after 23 years away from his family. Google Maps helped reunite the now-man with his family after he found bridges on the maps which he remembered from his youth reports the South China Morning Post.
The Chinese man, Luo Gang, was raised in the tiny Sichuan province of China. But as a 5-year-old on the way to kindergarten, he was abducted and raised by adoptive parents more than a 1000 miles away in the Fujian province.
After decades of visualizing his childhood and scouring the Internet looking for where he might have grown up, the Gang finally found his birth parents and family with the help of Google Maps.
After Gang was abducted his parents searched for him over the course of many years, but eventually gave up and adopted a daughter. Gang had been taken to the Fujian province over 1500 kilometers away. Gang's adoptive parents (no word on whether they were aware of the abduction), loved him immensely, but Gang always felt a desire to find his true parents.
With the help of Google Maps the man was reunited over 23 years later.
Said Gang, "Everyday before I went to bed, I forced myself to re-live the life spent in my old home, so I wouldn't forget."
Gang drew a rough map of what he remembered from his childhood, and then posted it on the website, "Bring Lost Babies Home," which helps find missing children through the help of volunteers.
A volunteer soon wrote Gang back and said that a baby had been abducted 23 years prior from Sichuan's Guangan city. The timeframe worked, so Luo searched for pictures of the Sichuan town and they seemed familiar.
He then tried the satellite version of Google Maps, and after zooming in the town of Yaojiaba, saw two bridges he recognized from his childhood.
While in tears, Luo said after the connection was made on Google Maps, "That's it! That's my home."
"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," remarked his overjoyed mother after Google Maps reunited her with her son.
A spokesperson at Google's headquarters in Hong Kong would not comment on the story of Google Maps reuniting the lost boy 23 years later.
There is no word on whether the adoptive parents will face criminal charges after the story came to light.
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