Trying to find my father

September 07, 2017

Dear Pastor,

I read your column in THE STAR often and I come to you for help. Unfortunately, I am in prison and I have been incarcerated for quite a while now. In fact, it has been seven years and counting. In three years I will be out of prison.

I am actually writing to you for your help in finding my biological father, and also my siblings on my father's side.

It's been 24 years since I have seen my father. I want to ask him why he disappeared like that, leaving no trace for me to find him. I will be 36 in October, another birthday to be spent behind bars, and without my father.

At one point, I believed his trail became hot, when I used the Yellow Pages, which was very popular in the '90s. My biological parents are from Jamaica, but they were not together as a couple when I was growing up. My mother got married to another man who is also a Jamaican.

After my mother passed away, I enquired about my dad and my stepfather told me that he is from Spanish Town. My mother's birth certificate says that she is from St Catherine.

I was born in Brooklyn and up to the age of 12, my dad and I had a great relationship. All of my siblings have different surnames. We are not in touch with each other. The last time I saw them, I was 12.

My sister was 18 and pregnant and my brother was in prison. My dad's name is Reginald Reece. He should be between 55 and 57 years old.

J.R.

Dear J.R,

If anyone knows the whereabouts of your father and contacts me, I would inform you immediately. I wish you well as you search for him.

Pastor

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