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96-year-old turns to social media to find son
CBS Atlanta ^ | Jennifer Banks

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at kpho.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: missing; missionperson

1 posted on 07/04/2013 9:20:08 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

Heartbreaking.

God bless her and her son.


2 posted on 07/04/2013 9:33:32 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: pax_et_bonum; All

Sure is. Was hoping there were some Atlanta FReepers here who could tell us more about this case. Maybe we could find her son.


3 posted on 07/04/2013 9:36:04 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

Wait...she’s 96. She says he wasn’t given up for adoption but she has t seen him in 10 years. Whhhhaaattt?


4 posted on 07/04/2013 9:36:34 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans

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??


5 posted on 07/04/2013 9:38:34 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

That would be so good.

She must be suffering terribly, thinking that she may die before seeing him again.


6 posted on 07/04/2013 9:41:24 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans

Sounds like a lousy son.


7 posted on 07/04/2013 9:57:39 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans

What don’t you understand? Her adult son went missing 10 years ago.


8 posted on 07/04/2013 9:57:46 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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Or a lousy Mom


9 posted on 07/04/2013 9:58:32 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Kirkwood

Yes and she says he wasn’t put up for adoption. wtf does that mean? What don’t YOU understand?


10 posted on 07/04/2013 10:02:35 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: Kirkwood

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.


11 posted on 07/04/2013 10:06:06 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans

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?


12 posted on 07/04/2013 10:16:39 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: All
Donald Lee Thomas, last known location in Atlanta, Georgia. Born on nov. 18, 1954 in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
13 posted on 07/04/2013 10:22:34 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Kirkwood

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.


14 posted on 07/04/2013 10:25:23 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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No Idea.


15 posted on 07/04/2013 10:27:14 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Girlene

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
Confirmation: Verified
Last known residence:
City: Atlanta
County: Fulton
State: Georgia
ZIP Code: 30331


16 posted on 07/04/2013 10:32:00 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Morgana
Want to hear something really heartbreaking? There is an elderly neighbor of ours who hasn't seen her only daughter in 30 years.

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. .

17 posted on 07/04/2013 10:36:35 PM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: Jeff Winston

Thank you for the facts.

That is sad.


18 posted on 07/04/2013 10:40:32 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Jeff Winston

So if this is known, Why is some un named family member exploiting this?


19 posted on 07/04/2013 10:43:24 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

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.


20 posted on 07/04/2013 10:43:38 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: mylife

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.


21 posted on 07/04/2013 10:45:25 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Jeff Winston

“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.


22 posted on 07/04/2013 10:46:05 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: mylife

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.


23 posted on 07/04/2013 10:51:21 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Morgana

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.


24 posted on 07/04/2013 10:55:41 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Jeff Winston

To much info missing in this story.


25 posted on 07/04/2013 10:56:17 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Jeff Winston

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.


26 posted on 07/04/2013 10:59:19 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

“The story says an un named Family member is driving this search.”

So what do you think the family is up to?


27 posted on 07/04/2013 11:03:09 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

I have no idea.

All I am saying is this story is long on emotion and short on facts.


28 posted on 07/04/2013 11:04:57 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: patriot08

That story is heartbreaking for the mother.

As for the daughter, you can’t fix stupid.


29 posted on 07/04/2013 11:06:52 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Kirkwood; stuck_in_new_orleans

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.


30 posted on 07/04/2013 11:07:06 PM PDT by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: Morgana

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?


31 posted on 07/04/2013 11:07:20 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

Yea you know it is kinda strange they did not post a picture of the missing son.


32 posted on 07/04/2013 11:07:33 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

It’s tad odd.


33 posted on 07/04/2013 11:09:14 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Morgana

A bit askew.


34 posted on 07/04/2013 11:10:01 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

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.


35 posted on 07/04/2013 11:12:38 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

And she should know his.
What’s the backstory? When did the family break?
What was the rift?


36 posted on 07/04/2013 11:26:16 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Kirkwood

I know, it made sense to me.


37 posted on 07/05/2013 12:20:13 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.)
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To: ConservativeMind

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.


38 posted on 07/05/2013 12:24:09 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.)
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To: Morgana

“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.


39 posted on 07/05/2013 12:57:47 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Shimmer1; stuck_in_new_orleans

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).


40 posted on 07/05/2013 1:29:57 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: Morgana

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.


41 posted on 07/05/2013 3:17:28 AM PDT by informavoracious (We're being "punished" with Stanley Ann's baby. Obamacare: shovel-ready healthcare.)
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To: patriot08

Children can break a mother’s heart. I know. Mine was broken recently by my one and only child, my daughter.


42 posted on 07/05/2013 7:32:13 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Jeff Winston

This is the link to Donald L. Thomas on Findagrave:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=thomas&GSfn=donald&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=12&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=51159831&df=all&;


43 posted on 01/26/2014 12:47:08 PM PST by PrincessFS
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To: Girlene

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


44 posted on 02/22/2014 2:46:35 PM PST by Jillinois (Nobody knows the whole story :))
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To: mylife

There are several media outlets who have the story…

If he was taken from her, how would she have a photo?


45 posted on 02/22/2014 2:46:35 PM PST by Jillinois (Nobody knows the whole story :))
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To: Jillinois

He was not taken.
He is an aduld who went missing 10 years ago.

It appears that he is dead.
See post #16


46 posted on 02/22/2014 3:35:12 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife; Jillinois

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.


47 posted on 02/22/2014 4:07:46 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Girlene

The Mystery continues.


48 posted on 02/22/2014 4:10:39 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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