An adopted Philadelphia man closed his own 34-year-old missing persons case after stumbling on an age-progression image of himself on the Internet, ABC News reported Saturday.
Steven Carter, 35, found a photo bearing a strong resemblance to himself as a child under the name Marx Panama Moriarty Barnes while browsing MissingKids.com in 2010. He called police in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was adopted from a foster home at the age of four, and DNA results later confirmed him to be the child in the picture, according to the outlet.
Carter’s biological mother, who reportedly disappeared for weeks at a time with her infant son, allegedly gave authorities a false name for both herself and for Carter when she was institutionalized in a mental health facility and he was taken into foster care, making police unable to reconnect him with his biological father.
Carter has since reached out to his paternal family and spoken with his father and half sister, who live in California, according to the report.