With the help of social media, Aaron Roethle and his birth father have been reunited.
On a whim, Roethle posted a picture of his birth father, along with his father’s first name and a request for more information about him. In the post, Roethle said, “Okay everyone I need help making this picture go viral. 36 years ago my mom met the man in this picture. His name is Ron. He was living in tucson on Grant and country club. He was a mechanic. He is my father! My mom and him were together for alittle while but parted ways shortly after. A few months later she found out she was pregnant. She went back to where he was living but he was gone and she was never able to find him and tell him they were having a baby. Growing up I had 2 parents who I love very much but I have so many questions as to who i am and where I came from, do I have other siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles. I am 35 and I was born April 14th 1981. I have a family of my own now but I would love more than anything to find him and build a relationship with him and for him to meet the people that make me who I am now, my kids and husband. I do not have any bad feelings or anything like that. He didn’t know and she wasn’t able to find him. My mom has always told me he was a very kind man and a hard worker. Over the years I’ve always wondered about him but with very little info it has been next to impossible to find anything. Please help me on my journey to find my dad and share this with everyone you know. Thank you in advance for your help. It’s greatly appreciated. My mother’s name was Cathi Patterson back then.”
Within days of posting the picture to Facebook, Roethle posted an update, he had found his father!
“Thank you to everyone that shared my post.. For the first time in 35 years I spoke to my dad!! A special thanks to Robert Koller for recognizing him and getting his phone number! You will never know how much that means to me!!!”
Over the years, social media has helped unite many long-lost friends and family members. While social media can sometimes be a negative, there’s no doubt, it truly does bring people together.