50-year-old New Jersey man meets family for first time in Columbus

VIDEO: 50-year-old New Jersey man meets family for first time in Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - "I'm so glad my grandpa is able to find his family," says Sole Dunn.

50-year-old Todd Pearse lives in New Jersey with his daughter and his granddaughter. Now, he is surrounded by family he has never known.

Todd Pearse was adopted back in 1960 by Thomas and Eleanor Pearse, at the age of six months.

"The family that adopted me, I just never knew the background. It was just basically, you're adopted. Now, this is your family now and life goes on," says Todd Pearse.

After trying for so long, he says he had long given up hope of finding his long-lost family until his daughter pushed him to take one more shot.

"I had to push him cause he's skeptical of those kinds of things. So, I had to push him to submit his DNA," says Nicole Pearse.

That is when he traced his roots back using Ancestry.com. The search led him to Muscogee County Marshal Greg Countryman and Columbus District 3 City Councilman Bruce Huff, who are both his cousins. He says after half a century he feels like he is finally able to feel whole.

"It's so many things that come under that spectrum of not knowing who your bloodline is, so it's so much to take in and to learn and cram in and we did that in this short time," says Todd.

"He's been revived, renewed and so this is a new beginning for him so the old chapter closed and now it's a new chapter," says Muscogee County Marshal Greg Countryman.

Todd will be flying back to New Jersey, but now, he will be able to take a little more of his family history back with him.

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