23-year-old meets father for first time at RIC

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) – After 23 years, a young man met his long-lost father for the first time at Richmond International Airport on Friday.

Savion Washington never thought he would find his dad. His parents met when his father was serving in the military on a base in Louisiana, but lost touch when he was a baby.

Washington moved to Texas with his mother. Through the years, all she had was her son’s father’s name and a Virginia location. Washington told 8News he had always felt a longing to meet and get to know his dad.

With only those details, Washington had spent the past decade trying to track his father down. Nothing clicked until he came across the name Randolph Harper in an online obituary last month.

“I saw his name so I was like, ‘I’ve got to find something,’” Washington told 8News. The search led him to Facebook, where he found his father’s wife’s profile.

“I came across this old picture he took and I said, ‘dang, that really looks like me!’”

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Washington began messaging newfound family members online, finally getting through to his dad, Randy, in mid-April. The two began talking on the phone, making up for lost time.

Now together again in Virginia, there’s much catching up to do. Washington and Harper say they are already planning future trips between Petersburg, where the father lives, and Washington’s home outside Dallas.

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