A father’s desperate search for his abducted child had a heart-warming ending after he was found 14 years ago but he doesn't want to go back to his parents.
Sun Haiyang, from Hubei, China, was left devastated after his four-year-old son Sun Zhuo was abducted.
Zhuo, now 18, was reunited in a teary moment with his father this week after being abducted on October 9 in 2007 when a man offered him a toy and snacks in Shenzhen.
During the reunion, Haiyang was seen in tears and would not let go of his son for a very long time, according to local reports.
However, after waiting so long to have his son back in his life, Haiyang was heart-breakingly told his son would not come back to them.
His son expressed guilt because he does not wish to return home to his parents after having much of his life with his adoptive parents.
While speaking to China Central Television, Zhuo said: "I have a new home now, but both sides are my parents."
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Haiyang never gave up hope of finding his son and has spent years offering rewards by selling his properties in a desperate search for any clues.
He even turned the sign of his steamed bun shop into a reward sign for anyone with information.
One particular reward was around £23,000 (200,000 yuan) and caused such a sensation that the story was adapted into a movie.
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Directed by Hong Kong director Peter Chan, the movie Dearest was released and was a box office success in the country in 2014.
Haiyang and his wife Peng Siying had another child, now eight, but never told him of his older brother.
According to an interview on Inquier.net, Haiyang said: “Over the past 14 years, I checked every clue anyone gave me.”
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“Sometimes, I would be disappointed if I didn’t get a phone call for a few days. I was happy even when liars called me, saying they would exchange clues for the reward. At least, that gave me a glimmer of hope.”
A police collaboration in Guangdong, Shandong, and Hubei have been responsible for the family being reunited.
Nine suspects have been arrested over Zhuo's kidnapping and the abduction of two other boys surnamed Fu and Yang.
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