An 81-year-old man has discovered a long-lost son after finding a letter sent by the child's mother more than 50 years ago.
According to local Fox 17 News, she informed him of his son in a letter sent in 1959 that he believes was hidden from him by his wife at the time.
Tony Trapani claims he found the letter after his wife died, when he was cleaning her filing cabinets.
The letter reads: "I have a little boy. He is five years old now. What I'm trying to say Tony is he is your son. He was born November 13th, 1953."
His son, Samuel Childress – who grew up in Pennsylvania – claims his mother said she sent the letter and that he was led to believe his father was ignoring him.
In a tearful interview with Fox 17 News, Trapani said he and his wife had been trying to have children all his life. "He's my full son that I've had my whole life, but why my wife hid that letter is beyond me," he said.
Trapani met his son for the first time on Sunday.
Overwhelmed by the news that his father wanted him in his life, Childress said: "Just to know him now is so important to me. It's going to fill that void."
Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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