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Chinese Man Claims Google Maps Helped Him Find Home 20 Years After Abduction

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Google Earth images running on a Nexus 7 phone. (KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/GettyImages)

Google Earth images running on a Nexus 7 phone. (KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/GettyImages)

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MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS SF) – Chinese media reports claim that a 28-year-old man has found his way home some 23 years after his abduction, thanks in part to a search of Google Maps.

According to The Next Web, Luo Gang claims he was abducted on his way to kindergarten at age 5 and taken to a new home hundreds of miles away. There he grew up in a fairly normal family and went on to graduate school, always remembering his original home.

According to Luo’s account, he tried to keep memories of his home fresh in his head, and eventually could only recall a set of bridges. Last year, with some help from volunteers, he discovered that an abduction had taken place 23 years earlier in Sichuan Province. Lou said he then turned to the satellite feature on Google maps to see if he could recognize any of the features of the town where the abduction took place – Guangan.

According to published reports, he found the bridges from his memory nearby.

From there, Luo reached out and reconnected with his birth family. He discovered that he had three younger sisters and originally went by the name Huang Yun, according to The Next Web.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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