Skip to comments.96-year-old turns to social media to find son
Posted on 07/04/2013 9:20:08 PM PDT by Morgana
TLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -
A 96-year-old woman searching for her son is capturing hearts on the internet.
A family member of Nancy Thomas posted a picture on Facebook urging users to help find her son Donald Lee Thomas.
Nancy is pictured holding the sign that reads: "He was not given up for adoption, I haven't seen him in 10 years."
She wrote that he was last seen in Atlanta, GA.
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God bless her and her son.
Sure is. Was hoping there were some Atlanta FReepers here who could tell us more about this case. Maybe we could find her son.
Wait...she’s 96. She says he wasn’t given up for adoption but she has t seen him in 10 years. Whhhhaaattt?
I don’t get it either that is why I’m wondering if there are any Atlanta FReepers here who know anything about this story??
That would be so good.
She must be suffering terribly, thinking that she may die before seeing him again.
Sounds like a lousy son.
What don’t you understand? Her adult son went missing 10 years ago.
Or a lousy Mom
Yes and she says he wasn’t put up for adoption. wtf does that mean? What don’t YOU understand?
He just went missin’
Anyone have a phone #? I’ll give him a shout.
There is a lot of back info missing from this piece of investigative journalism.
She’s explaining that her son was never given up for adoption. So he hasn’t been missing since a child, but went missing 10 years ago. Are you hard of reading?
If she is looking for her Son, where is the pic of lil Donny boy?
This is pure clap trap.
I have know idea what is going on, but this is pure clap trap.
A Donald L. Thomas, purportedly born December 24, 1955 (which might be an inaccurate date from a friend who just guessed), passed away in Atlanta in 2009:
Name: Donald L. Thomas
State of Issue: Georgia
Date of Birth: Saturday December 24, 1955
Date of Death: Saturday May 23, 2009
Est. Age at Death: 53 years, 4 months, 29 days
Last known residence:
ZIP Code: 30331
30 years ago the daughter married a divorced drunkard, child deserter and wife beater. (first wife) He continued drinking, beat the daughter regularly. One day he beat her so badly that he put her in the hospital.
The elderly lady begged her to leave him- and to make a long story short, the daughter told her to stay out of her life and from then on she was 'dead to her'.
That was 30 years ago- and they have not seen each other since. The daughter still lives with this monster in a city about 200 miles away.
True story. .
Thank you for the facts.
That is sad.
So if this is known, Why is some un named family member exploiting this?
Obviously, I don’t know whether this was this lady’s son or not. And if I were her, and heard of this particular person, I wouldn’t immediately assume that it was her Donald.
But it might well be worth someone looking into.
A lot of folks don’t know about the Social Security Death Index and its usefulness as a place to check whether someone you’ve lost touch with long ago is still alive.
Even if you know about it, there are a few places online that only “tease” you with it and don’t give any details, unless you ante up some money.
“A Donald L. Thomas, purportedly born December 24, 1955 (which might be an inaccurate date from a friend who just guessed), passed away in Atlanta in 2009:”
According to this woman her son was born November 1954. Maybe she is suffering from one of many old age illnesses that cause memory loss and does not remember her son died? Could be. Usually though a woman never forgets the month/day her child was born. I know my Granny never did. Plus “Thomas” has to be a common name is any town, and how big is Atlanta? Plus she said she’d not seen him in 10 years, 2009 is only four. Still who knows.
Donald L is also certainly not as definitive as Donald Lee, especially with a last name like Thomas. There have to be quite a few Donald Thomases out there.
Only one Donald L Thomas, though, had a social security card issued in Georgia, and passed away in Georgia during the past 10 years. And that Donald L. Thomas had a date of birth close to that of Mrs. Thomas’ son.
My gut feeling is that it’s probably him. But again, I don’t know for sure.
I’m not certain whether DOBs in the SSDI are always accurate or not. Someone who knows more about the SSDI than I do might weigh in here.
Obviously, if we had an exact DOB match that would confirm the record referring to her son. That’s not the case. So maybe he’s still alive.
See also post 23, though.
To much info missing in this story.
The story says an un named Family member is driving this search.
This Ol Gal didn’t just lose her son, and she aint just senile.
Something is amiss.
“The story says an un named Family member is driving this search.”
So what do you think the family is up to?
I have no idea.
All I am saying is this story is long on emotion and short on facts.
That story is heartbreaking for the mother.
As for the daughter, you can’t fix stupid.
We are to assume that the adoption mention is a complete non-sequitur, it appears. So, we have a lady who saw her son possibly off to college, get married, maybe had kids, but for just the past ten years hasn’t come by.
That is how I am taking it. Why she mentions the adoption thing, I don’t know. She could have said he wasn’t wearing pink socks and that would have been just as relevant.
Seriously, if they are looking for Donny boy, where is the picture of Donny boy?
Why an Un named family member?
Why no contact info?
Yea you know it is kinda strange they did not post a picture of the missing son.
It’s tad odd.
A bit askew.
I believe I saw an AOL email address as a contact (people still use AOL?) That I understand, she was posting this on facebook and does not want every weirdo calling her house. Her son should know her phone number anyway or better yet where she lives.
And she should know his.
What’s the backstory? When did the family break?
What was the rift?
I know, it made sense to me.
My first thought was about those FB posts where someone is looking for the child they gave up or the grown child is looking for the parent/family, so I think it makes perfect sense to mention it.
“Usually though a woman never forgets the month/day her child was born.”
My mother, who recently passed away at age 95, couldn’t remember my birthday but she had dementia.
That makes sense. There are many cases of birth parents or children looking for one another many years after an adoption.
Some people viewing this story might think it is one of those adoption-related searches and would not want to help (considering it to be an unwelcome intrusion on a child that was given up for adoption).
I was also confused by the ‘not given up for adoption’ thing. If he’s in his 50s and she says she has not seen him for ten years, then it’s not likely he was given up for adoption as a child.
Children can break a mother’s heart. I know. Mine was broken recently by my one and only child, my daughter.
This is the link to Donald L. Thomas on Findagrave:
Thanks for posting the poster she made
“It’s been 10 years”
doesn’t say she’s ever seen him- maybe that’s how long she’s been looking ?
“last known location Atlanta, GA”- maybe that’s where the search went dry?
“He was not put up for adoption” - back in those days, babies were often taken without consent when pregnant teens were sent to ‘homes’ to be hidden from friends and family because of the shame of the pregnancy, and ‘what would the neighbors think?’ mentality. My birth mom did NOT want me taken away, but she had no choice if she ever wanted to return home, and had SO much shame dumped on her head about my existence, she was basically given no options it was horrific and NO birth mom should be treated like that unless they have a history of harming their kids. It’s better now- but back then, it was a nightmare.
Nobody knows the full story for Nancy Thomas the first date I can find for this posting is 2013 so she’d have been 37 when Donald was born. There’s some story behind this that none of us knows . I just hope she can have some sort of happy ending- and that Thomas will be open to contacting her- if nothing else to find out what happened. <3
There are several media outlets who have the story
If he was taken from her, how would she have a photo?
He was not taken.
He is an aduld who went missing 10 years ago.
It appears that he is dead.
See post #16
The person listed as dead in post 16 had a different birth date than her son.
I didn’t see any more updates that he had been found....just the original plea for help.
The Mystery continues.