A girl who has gone missing two decades ago has been reunited with her parents in an emotional reunion.
20 years ago, Yulia Gorina from Belarus disappeared after going on a 60-mile train journey together with her father, Viktor Moiseenko, who accidentally fell asleep while he should be watching her.
Despite the parents’ frantic search for the toddler, they couldn’t find her as the girl ended up 550 miles away in Western Russia where she was found along the rail tracks.
Due to the nature of the girl’s disappearance, the police treated her parents, especially the father, as primary suspects.
Fortunately, however, the case could finally be closed two decades later when Yulia and her boyfriend, Ilya Kryukov, tracked down her family on social media.
After taking a DNA test to get to the bottom of the matter, Yulia was thrilled that her long lost parents were indeed Viktor and Lyudmila Moiseenko.
“It was proved by a DNA test, but it was clear even before, we are so much alike, as soon as we saw the photographs of each other,” Yulia said.
“Nobody had any doubts – we are one family. I found not only my mother and father in Belarus, but also brother Dmitry and elder sister Nadezhda.”
Speaking of their emotional reunion, the now-24-year-old woman said:
“We were all in tears. We could not even talk, we only cried and hugged each other. My parents have told me that they were searching for me for a long time, that they believed they would find me one day.
“My mother could not stop hugging me, she made me sit on her lap as if I was a little girl. We were chatting till 3 am, and then Ilya and I had to go back to Russia – my daughter was waiting for me.”
While living without their lost daughter for 20 years was never easy for the parents, they claimed they knew they would find her sooner or later because they never gave up.
“Twenty years is like whole life, but we never lost hope, we believed – and so we found each other,” Lyudmila said.
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