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Abducted girl returns home

A NINE-YEAR-OLD girl has been reunited with her family five years after she was snatched while playing near her Shanghai home, local police announced yesterday.

They said Fan Wenwen, who was just four years old at the time, was taken to east China's Shandong Province in April 2007.

An initial investigation pointed to a man named Xue Daqing as the suspect. He had been seen near her home in Baoshan District at the time.

Witnesses said they saw him leaving the area riding a motorcycle with a little girl sitting on the rear seat.

Police went to where Xue had been living but found he had fled. From that day the whereabouts of the little girl remained a mystery.

Until last December that is, when Shanghai police learned that a man arrested on robbery charges in central China's Henan Province was claiming to be Xue's brother.

Hoping he would lead them to the child abductor, police launched an investigation, only to find that the man was, in fact, Xue himself.

They then discovered that Xue and his wife had an adopted daughter in his hometown in Shandong's Liangshan County.

Xue denied he had abducted the girl but both Fan's parents and a DNA test confirmed that his "adopted daughter," who the couple had named Xue Qingqing, was actually the missing girl Fan.

As the summer holiday is approaching, police are warning parents to take good care of their children to avoid accidents and possible abductions.

Shanghai has an anti-abduction hotline - 22028515.


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