Pine belt man meets son for the first time

Pine belt man meets son for the first time

MOSELLE, MS (WDAM) - On Thursday, a Moselle man met his 49-year-old son for the first time, a son that he was not even aware existed for the longest time.

This story began years ago when at the age of 38, Shannon Caffey found out that the man he had known as his biological father had actually adopted him.

A month later, his adoptive father died of cancer, and Caffey then decided it was time to find out who his real biological father was.

Years after the death of his adoptive father, he took the steps to finding his birth father. He reached out to a family member and they both began to do research.

Caffey conducted DNA test on his own and it linked him to the Donald Family in the Pine Belt, with there being two potential candidates.

After DNA tests, Caffey discovered that his biological father was Luther Donald.

"When I saw the pictures of him, I thought it was me," Donald said.

Caffey said he and Donald had talked on the phone multiple times since the discovery. Donald said he reached out to Caffey's mother and thanked her for raising such a wonderful son.

Caffey came into town with his mother and aunt to greet his father, and the two finally met on Thursday.

Donald said he has two other daughters, as well as a step daughter, who are very excited to meet the newest addition to their family.