X

2 Fla. Cops Sent In Their DNA. Turns Out They're Brothers

Neither officer had any idea of the other's existence before 23andMe informed them
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2019 11:25 AM CDT
This image released by 23andMe shows the company's home-based saliva collection kit.   (23andMe via AP)

(Newser) – Two police officers who live and work hours apart in Florida each submitted DNA swabs to 23andMe—and ended up discovering that they're brothers. Sgt. David Stull, 51, with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, sent an email to Eric Reynolds, 49, of the Boynton Beach Police Department explaining that he was adopted as a baby and had "very little knowledge of my family history," but that the genetic testing site had informed him of their familial link. Reynolds had submitted his DNA to the site three years prior, per ABC Action News. They ended up discovering Reynolds' father is also Stull's biological father; the man didn't know of Stull's existence, and Reynolds tells the Palm Beach Post he got to inform his dad that he had a "brand-new, bouncing baby boy."

Stull was born to a teenage mother in New Jersey and was adopted by a military family. Reynolds, who previously thought he was the oldest in his family, was also raised in a law enforcement family—law enforcement must be "in the DNA," he says. In addition to gaining a brother, Stull gained the title "Uncle Dave" to Reynolds' two kids. The pair met for the first time July 20, taking a shot of vodka to break the ice. "It was like meeting a clone of me," Reynolds says in a Boynton Beach PD Facebook post. "It was overwhelming and exciting and bit of sadness at the same time. We've been texting all the time. We're alike in so many ways. I have someone I can talk to, trust as brothers and cops. It feels great." They say they now often banter in a brotherly fashion. Stull's wife, he says, is always asking him "if he's texting his brother again." (She wanted to learn about her dad, ended up finding 29 siblings.)

My Take on This Story
Show results without voting  |  
5%
23%
3%
64%
2%
2%