Terre Haute native meets family after 61 year search

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WTWO first told you Terre Haute native James Norman earlier this year. After 61 years of searching for his biological family Norman was able to find his father and a family he never knew existed. Friday he met them for the first time.     

It was an emotional reunion in Cedarville, Ohio as the two families met for the first time.  

Norman’s mother was living in Youngstown, Ohio when she met Norman’s father during the Korean War. 

His father was deployed soon after they met, and his mom moved to Indiana, never seeing each other again. 

Flash forward, decades later when Norman’s daughter found an obituary for an Ohio man who had a familiar resemblance.     

With the help of a genetic testing kit, it was confirmed that was Norman’s dad. 

He also found he has four younger siblings. 

“I sit down I grab the cell phone, I look down and it said your sister is Tina and these are your nieces and nephews and that was confirmation that I’m not an orphan anymore,” James Norman said. “That was the first words out of my mouth, I told my wife I’m not an orphan anymore. I have family, these are my people and it’s a very historic moment for me. This is me. This is the other side of me that I knew was out there.” 

They also visited their father’s gravesite and held a small ceremony in his honor. 

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