Sister finds long-lost brother living across the street [Video]
Who’s the guy across the street? Turns out it was Candace Eloph’s brother, who had been given up for adoption 32 years ago.
Jamie Wheat was born at Barksdale Air Force Base’s hospital. His birth mother, Joellen Cottrell, eventually moved from Louisiana and had other children, but did not keep her son a secret.
“My girls always knew that they had a brother,” she said. “I’ve always looked for him.”
Eloph, who is one of those daughters, found her brother by chance.
She had moved into a Shreveport neighborhood, across the street from a couple who had a 32-year-old son. Eight months ago, that 32-year-old son, Jamie Wheat, moved back in with his parents.
He and Eloph became friends — and one day started talking about family.
“We were sitting one day and talking and she said, ‘I had a brother born Jan. 27, 1977, that was adopted,’” Wheat recalled. “I was like — I was adopted. My mom was 16 when she gave me up for adoption.”
Candace called her mother, who drove all night to meet Wheat.
They knew in their hearts he was the son Joellen Cottrell had been looking for, but they wanted confirmation. DNA testing did it.
Wheat was with his families when he opened the letter from the lab. His adoptive parents said they are thrilled about the new stage in their son’s life.
“It was just surprising that they lived across the street from us for two and a half years,” Ted Wheat said. “When they told us, we said this is the greatest news it could be.”