The father returned from work and discovered the devastating news that Jiafu had been snatched. The family immediately called the police and reported the abduction. That is when a major missing-person search was launched to try and locate the boy.
Understandably, Chen was totally distraught about his son’s disappearance. He and the rest of the family just could not believe what had happened. They were plunged in to a nightmare world of not knowing who took Jiafu, where he could be, or why anyone would do such a wicked thing. Chen just hoped that somewhere out there, his little boy was still alive.
The Chinese police worked hard to track down the child – and the people who kidnapped him. According to Chinese press reports, the authorities received hundreds of tips from the public concerning the missing boy. They police were also informed about many potential sightings. Sadly, however, it turned out that none of these witnesses had seen the real Jiafu.