Abducted Man Used Google Maps to Find Home

A man who was abducted at the age of five and taken to Fujian province says he used Google Maps to figure out the location of his hometown, according to a Fujian news portal. From Amy Li of the South China Morning Post:

He drew a rough map of his hometown from memory, before posting  on “Bring Lost Home”, a Chinese website devoted to locating missing children through the help of volunteers.

Soon afterwards, a volunteer wrote back with valuable information – a couple from a small town in Sichuan’s Guangan city had lost a son 23 years ago. The matched Luo’s perfectly.

Luo searched for pictures of the Sichuan town and found they looked familiar to him. To confirm his suspicions, he turned to the satellite version Google Maps. The minute he zoomed in on an area called “Yaojiaba” near the Sichuan town, Luo recognised the two bridges.

“That’s it! That’s my home,” shouted Luo, in tears.


This case bears a striking resemblance to a similar case of an Indian orphan who used Google Maps to find his hometown after being adopted by an Australian . See also previous coverage of child trafficking in China.

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