- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Chicago man’s 48-year search for his birth father has ended with success in Utah.

Michael Reed, 60, met his father, Dennis Fay, 80, of Murray, for the first time Friday at Salt Lake City International Airport.

The son took a DNA test to learn about his ancestry and through genome sharing came across his biological father’s cousin, who led him to Fay.

Fay was skeptical when Reed called about five months ago, but a DNA test later confirmed he’s Reed’s father.

The father and his family greeted Reed with open arms while holding blue balloons and a yellow banner reading, “It’s a boy!” the Deseret News newspaper of Salt Lake City reported (https://bit.ly/1JqMJrE ).

“Hi, Dad,” Reed said as they embraced.

“He has been looking ever since he was 12 years old for his birth father, and that’s me,” Fay said proudly.

Fay was unaware a drive-in carhop he briefly dated in Southern California became pregnant, moved away and placed the baby up for adoption. He and his late wife of 56 years, Patsy, went on to have nine children.

Reed said he learned when he was 10 years old that he was adopted. The couple who adopted him died about 25 years ago.

He set aside his search for his biological father while he and his wife, Susan, raised two children. He served 11 years in the Navy and now works in the banking industry in Chicago.

Reed made the first call to Fay with trepidation, saying he didn’t want to upset anyone. “I really prayed about it,” he said.

Fay said he’s sorry he didn’t know Reed sooner. “This is probably the most important day of my life … I’m proud of him,” he said.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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