Allan Mann Jr. was caught in Vernon, a suburb of Hartford, where he had been living under the alias Hailee Randolph DeSouza, investigators said. U.S. federal agents found him after receiving a tip from a relative, according to NBC News.
Lyneth Mann-Lewis traveled from Toronto to Connecticut over the weekend. The Missing Children Society of Canada had delivered the news that her son Jermaine — now 33, and who had vanished from her life when he was just 21 months old — had been located, more than three decades after his disappearance. Ted Davis (pictured below with Lyneth Mann-Lewis) is the retired police officer whose “unrelenting resolve” was credited in Jermaine’s stunning reunion with his mother.
“We had no names,” Davis said in an interview to The Star on Tuesday. “We were looking for a needle in a hay stack, and this was a really, really big hay stack.”
Jermaine’s case file with the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) was opened in 1987. Over the years, it was probed by police and the missing children’s organization, and Davis and a team of three fellow MCSC investigators took carriage starting in 2003. Retired from the Calgary Police Service, Davis has been working with MCSC for the past 28 years.
“Words can’t express what I felt,” Mann-Lewis told reporters at an emotional news conference at Toronto police headquarters on Monday. “The words ‘your son is alive, we’ve found him’ — that is breathtaking.”
Federal officials declined to name the son or reveal where he currently lives. As for Mann-Lewis, she said that when the two met, she grabbed her son and squeezed his head to see if he was real.
"I said, "Oh my God, my baby." He said, "Mommy, you have my eyes."
An emotional Mann-Lewis added that her son hugged and kissed her and also held her for a long time.
"This is one of those rare cases that tugs at your heartstrings," said Special Agent in Charge Christina Scaringi, of the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "Not only did we, working collectively, get this alleged bad actor off the streets, but we played a role in reuniting an unjustly separated family."