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Separated since birth, mother and son reunite on Memorial Day

‘I can’t ask for nothing else. That’s my son.’
Updated: May. 31, 2021 at 9:19 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A Texas man who says he’s been looking for his biological mother for nearly two decades was finally reunited with her in Cincinnati on Memorial Day.

Trevor Thomas, an Air Force service member for 18 years, spent much of his life wondering if his birth mother was still alive. It wasn’t until Ohio released adoption records that he was finally able to search for her.

“I attached a baby picture, and I put on the title of the email my birthday, and then I sent her the email,” he recalled. “So I just figured, if this is her real email and she sees the pic and birthday, she’ll know it’s me.”

April Landrum says she jumped out of her seat when she got the email.

“Like, oh my God, this is him! My stomach dropped. I texted all my sisters,” Landrum said. “I asked him, did he wanna see me?”

The answer was yes.

Landrum had spoken to Thomas over the phone but laying eyes on him for the first time in four decades proved emotional.

“I said I wasn’t gonna cry, because I’m past this. But to see him, touch him and hold him, and just be able to love on him in the present day, is everything,” she said. “It’s everything. I can’t ask for nothing else. That’s my son.”

Landrum says she gave birth to Thomas when she was 15 and was forced to give him up for adoption.

“It was hard. I got into a lot of bad stuff behind that,” she said. “I just went through a lot of things behind that, but I’m in a better place now. I had to get with God, and I was mad at God for a long time for letting this happen. But I asked [Thomas] what kind of life he had, and he said he loves his mother and father and they treated him well, so I was good.”

“Regardless if you get adopted and you have a family, in the back of your mind, you kind of always want to know where you come from, who looks like you... Like, I have two sisters, and we don’t look anything alike, so just to see people that look like me, and see people that look like my daughter, it’s pretty intense,” Thomas said.

He leaves Tuesday but says this won’t be his last visit to see Landrum. Thomas has a 14-year-old daughter of his own and he says he’ll be bringing her back eventually.

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