Kicker: Discovering a family

NICK EICHER, HOST: Eric Reynolds recently retired as a policeman in South Florida where he worked as an evidence expert.  

But his life changed abruptly, when someone else discovered DNA evidence about him

At first he thought it was a scam.

REYNOLDS: I’m reading the email and it says hey, hello, my name is Dave Stull, and according to 23andME, we’re half brothers. And it says not only that, but we both live in Florida and we’re both cops.

Stull was adopted as a baby 51 years ago and, for the first time this month, met his younger half brother.

STULL: It was pretty special. I mean I was like a kid looking out the window watching for the car to come down the street.

And Reynolds said he barely slept the night before. He had so many questions to ask.

REYNOLDS: How, why, what … Where have you been? What have you done for 51 years of your life while I was living mine?

Reynolds says it’s like having a new best friend. They’re planning a trip together next summer, saying “We’ve got 50 years to make up for!”

It’s The World and Everything in It.

(Photo/John Raoux, AP)

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