The daughter of a man missing for 35 years, who was believed to have been sleeping rough in Northampton, said finally meeting him ranked as the best day of her life.
Derek Greenacre walked out of his Nottinghamshire family home in 1978 and never returned.
A fortnight ago the Chronicle and Echo reported how his daughter Adele Greenacre, who was just 11 weeks old at the time of his disappearance, had discovered a fresh lead in the hunt for Derek through an anonymous Facebook tip-off.
It was believed the former leisure centre manager could have lived homeless in Northampton for a period around 2011.
Adele received the shock of her life on Sunday when a man claiming to be a former pal of her father’s and now living in Switzerland contacted her to say he knew of his whereabouts.
Within a day the man, now living in Switzerland, managed to put the two in touch.
And following 36 years of fruitless searching Adele was finally reunited with dad Derek on Monday at a care facility in the south of England.
“I ended up spending the whole day and we got on like a house on fire.” Adele said.
“We realised just how similar we are. When we went to the pub we even ordered the same drink and the best thing was that it was his birthday too.
“It was just the best day of my life.”
Mum-of-four Adele did not wish to reveal to the Chron where her father is staying now so as not to jeopardise the relationship they now have.
But as to why Mr Greenacre, now 68-years-old, left the home as a young man, she may never receive the answers. It is not known for sure he lived in Northampton for a period.
Adele says Derek suffers from severe memory loss to the extent he needs a pen and paper with him to note down important details.
It is likely he had a nervous breakdown on the day he left the family home.
“He said look, don’t expect any answers to your questions, because I don’t even know the answers myself,” Adele said.
She added that he was only aware his daughter was looking for him in recent months, but was waiting until he was emotionally ready to contact Adele.
She and Derek now plan to keep in touch with regular visits.