Dad’s heartwarming reaction after child he never knew finds him after 30 years

A dad had the shock of his life when his long lost daughter managed to track him down after a lengthy search.

The only description Danielle Munday had been given about her father from her mother was that he was a 'tall, handsome stranger from Birmingham'.

The 29-year-old sometimes spent as many as seven hours a day looking for her dad.

She signed up to Ancestry.co.uk and made an appeal through Birmingham Live.

When she finally found the man she was looking for and made contact, Warren Elliot thought he was the victim of a practical joke at first.

"An old woman knocked on my door and asked if my name was Warren Elliot," he told BirminghamLive.


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"She said, 'I just wanted to tell you your daughter is really happy and has a good job. She loves you and she can't wait to see you'.

"I thought this bird was completely round the bend. I sent her packing thinking she was a raving lunatic!"

Then a friend who had read Danielle's appeal turned up at Warren's door and began to speak to him about his long-lost daughter, before putting his daughter on the phone.

"Suddenly I'm having a conversation with this girl and it just felt like it had to be true," he recalled.

"It was like a crazy dream. I was as confused as anybody, but it's a wonderful thing.


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"She's a beautiful girl and I'm so happy to get to meet her. I just wish I had been there from the start, but I never knew."

Warren and Danielle's mum Karen got together at the end of a night out in Bicester, only to never meet again when he was sacked from his job and moved across the country.

Though Danielle grew up without a father, she had a happy childhood raised by her 'strong and amazing' mum and grandparents in Bicester.

All Karen had told Danielle was that "His name is Gavin, he's from Birmingham, is tall, dark and handsome and would probably be in his early to mid 50s."

It transpired Gavin was the name of Warren's friend who had also been on the night out.

At the end of a search that lasted years, the mystery of Danielle's dad unravelled quickly in December.

"I had spent probably seven hours a day researching and looking for him," she said.

"I got my Ancestry results back and matched with somebody that was suggested to be my half uncle. I got in touch with him finally, he lives in Australia, and he said 'I don't know anyone called Gavin – but there's a Warren. That's my half brother and he's from Birmingham.'

"And I thought it had to be him!

"I called my mum and she said, 'Oh my God, I don't know why I thought it was Gavin. Warren was his name.'

"I later found out that my dad was out with someone called Gavin that night, and he got with my mum's friend."

Danielle spoke to her uncle via the website and learned what her dad's real name was, his address and a phone number.

But the phone just kept ringing.

Danielle started messaging every Warren she could find on Facebook , but still drew a blank.

Danielle said: "I found this long lost families group on Facebook.

"I said, 'Hey this is the address, I found out he lives in Halesowen, does anybody know of this person?'

"It was a long shot because there's 20,000 people in the group and they're from all over the UK.

"But this one woman sent me a message saying she lived on the same road and that she would go over.

"So then told me, 'I managed to talk to him but he just seemed kind of confused by what I was saying.'

"I then went on a local news site, there's 5,000 people on the group. I posted some pictures of my dad that I got from his brother and wrote this big detailed message and my phone blew up.

"Twenty people messaged me saying they knew my dad.

"Everybody was telling me the address, but I couldn't get there as I live in America."

A lot of kindhearted strangers then pledged to visit Warren and tell him about his daughter.

Two days later, the day Danielle had been waiting for finally came.

"I had this message from an unknown number and he said: 'Hey are you the one looking for your long lost father? I can give you his mobile number if you'd like.'

"I said 'yes  please  if he doesn't mind.' And he said: 'No no, he's sat with me right now.' So he sends me a picture of them together.

"I went into a vacant room at the hotel and called this guy, it was a mixture of nerves and excitement.

"I said 'Hi' and it wasn't really awkward. It wasn't forced, we were both just talking.

"I said, 'Do you remember working in Heyford' and then he remembered my mum and their stories matched. He said it was a nice evening and he talked really highly of my mum.

"He told me he was supposed to be back the following week but he got moved to another job in Birmingham. We spoke for about 20 minutes.

"We were messaging throughout the day, he was so happy because he didn't know anything. He was completely open to having a relationship with me."

Two days after first speaking to her dad, Danielle sent an ecstatic message to BirminghamLive, simply saying: "I've found him!!!!!!! And he loves me!!!!!!!"

The father-and-daughter have spoken every day since and have plans to meet up when she next visits the UK in a few months time.

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