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Google Maps leads kidnapped boy home

Published On: May 17 2013 09:01:34 AM CDT
Updated On: May 17 2013 09:01:41 AM CDT
China boy uses Google Maps

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A Chinese man abducted at age 5 was reunited with his family 23 years later after using Google Maps to find his way home.

Luo Gang, born in a small town in Sichuan province, was kidnapped on his way to kindergarten and taken to Fujian province, where he was raised by loving adopted parents, the South China Morning Post reported.

His birth parents did everything they could to find Luo, but eventually gave up and adopted a daughter.

Luo told Fujian's news portal nhaidu.com his adopted parents treated him well, like their own son, but he never forgot his birth parents and was haunted by a desire to find them.

His only memory of his birthplace was of two bridges.

He drew a map and posted it to a Chinese website that helps locate missing children. Soon afterwards, a volunteer wrote back about a couple who had lost a son 23 years ago, the Morning Post reported.

Luo scanned for pictures of the Sichuan town and zoomed in on the area using Google Maps, where he recognized the two bridges.

Photos show a tearful reunion with his birth parents and grandparents in Sichuan.

Authorities would not say whether they were pursuing criminal charges against Luo's adoptive family.

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