Google Maps Reunites Boy With Family, 23 Years Later

Chinese man was abducted at age 5
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2013 8:28 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A Chinese man who was abducted as a 5-year-old boy finally found his way home, 23 years later, thanks in part to Google Maps. After he was snatched on his way to kindergarten in a small town in Sichuan province, Luo Gang was raised by adoptive parents (no word on whether they were aware of the abduction) almost 1,000 miles away, the South China Morning Post reports. He forced himself to visualize his old life every night, and eventually drew a rough map of what he could recall of his hometown and posted it to a Chinese website that helps find missing children.

A volunteer quickly uncovered the case of a missing boy that matched up with Luo's timeline, and Luo looked up pictures of the town where the abduction had taken place. It looked familiar, so he used Google Maps' satellite version to zoom in and take a closer look—and that's when he recognized two bridges he had always remembered. "That’s it! That’s my home," was his reaction. He has since been reunited with his birth parents and grandparents. (Read more Google Maps stories.)

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