John Smithers of Raleigh, NC had spent more than six decades looking for clues about the father who abandoned him, his sister and their mother when he was just a baby. At 82, he had about given up on ever learning what happened to James William Smithers. He had long suspected his father got in trouble with the law and fled abroad. Decades ago, it was easy enough to disappear, and Smithers' father had seemingly vanished into thin air.
On the other side of the world, Lucinda Gray had always wondered what her father's life was like before he moved mysteriously from the United States to Australia. She had spent years just trying to find out his real name.
In mid-December, Smithers and Gray learned their elusive fathers were one and the same. DNA provided the proof.
You can read the full story in an article by Ruth Sheehan in the News & Observer website at: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1454594.html.