Woman tracks down brother after 31 years, DNA tests confirm it

2017-08-02 14:44
Desireé Haynes has found her brother. (André Damons, Netwerk24)

Desireé Haynes has found her brother. (André Damons, Netwerk24)

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Bloemfontein - "It is him. We are brother and sister. We have the same parents."

That was the response of Desireé Haynes on Tuesday, shortly after she found out that DNA tests had proven that the man who she traced in July this year after a long search, was her brother who had been missing for more than 31 years, Netwerk24 reported.

Desireé said she had received a call from the police on Tuesday informing her that the man was Dennis Haynes, who had disappeared while on his way to a job interview in Roodepoort in February 1986.

Dennis was reunited with his 78-year-old mother, Rina Smit, a resident of the Serenitas retirement village in Bloemfontein, as well as other relatives.

Dennis, who suffers from amnesia after two car crashes, was tracked down in Pretoria in June after Desireé and a friend, Nadine Smal, launched a search for him on social media.

An ecstatic Desireé said although she hadn't doubted for a moment that Dennis was her brother, the DNA results were a relief.

"The results are positive. It is proof that we are family. I am his sister and he is my brother."

Desireé said they expected to receive the results in writing at a later stage.

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