Mom Finds Long-Lost Son Thanks to Facebook Photo

He had been taken to Mexico 15 years ago, and Dad cut off communication
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2015 10:51 AM CDT
Hope Holland with her two boys, years ago.   (GoFundMe)

(Newser) – An old Facebook photo has led to the reunion of a mother in California and the teenage son she hadn't seen in 15 years, reports NBC Bay Area. Hope Holland says her boy, Jonathan, was taken by his father at the age of 3 to Mexico, where all communication with her was shut off. "His dad was going on vacation and had permission to take him," she tells ABC News. "It was a normal day. I didn't think he was not coming back." She searched for her son all these years with the help of various agencies, to no avail. The big break finally came courtesy of Jonathan himself, who it turns out was looking to find his mother and his brother as well. He posted an old photo of him and his brother on Facebook, and Holland stumbled upon it.

She remembered the bathtub image well, because she was the one who had taken it. (She recounts the moment of discovery at a GoFundMe page.) The post led to a phone call between the two, and this week, a reunion in the US. "It's really weird, it's surreal," Holland tells ABC 10. "You know, it's like not real, but it's real, so it's just wild crazy weird." The Spanish-speaking Jonathan, for his part, said simply, "Te amo," or "I love you." The plan is for Jonathan to spend the summer with his mother, then return to Mexico to finish up his last year of high school. After that, he'll return to California, maybe permanently. (In another reunion, a mother met the daughter she had been told died 50 years previously.)

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