FaceApp-Style Technology Helps To Find Missing Child After 18 Years
The hunt for missing Madeleine McCann could be boosted after a FaceApp style AI was used to reunite a Chinese man with his family 18 years after being abducted.
Yu Weifeng, 21, was reunited with his family after police used the technology to predict what the missing lad would look like as grown man before searching a huge database.
Yu Weifeng was abducted in 2001 from a construction site where his biological father used to work as a foreman.
However, the identification process was not an easy one as the software scanned over 100 candidates in over two months before singling out Weifeng.
Investigator Zheng Zhenhai said: “When he found him, he refused to believe that he was a kidnapped child, but DNA confirmed that he was a match with his biological parents.”
Zheng added: “We opened the case the day after the incident, and we never gave up. The technology was limited at the time. We checked surveillance footage, but there were simply too many people coming in and out of the area.”
Weifeng’s parents, Yu Xingquan and Rong Muhuan, told they had searched for their boy in various cities but was unable to find any leads about his whereabouts.
His emotional dad added: “We’re also very grateful to his foster parents for raising him for 18 years. From now on, his foster father will become like a brother to me; my son will have two dads.”