A woman whose three-year-old son was abducted and taken to live in Hungary has been reunited with him 27 years later after finding his name on Facebook.
Avril Grube last saw Gavin when his father took him on a pre-arranged trip to Blackpool Zoo. That was in 1982.
Instead of going to the zoo, Joseph Paros took the boy to Budapest in defiance of a court order.
She would not see him again until last Thursday, after Avril’s sister found the, now grown man and father of 3, on Facebook.
Last October Mrs Grube’s sister, Beryl Wilson, typed the name Gavin Paros into Google and found a link someone of that name on the social networking site.
A frustrating wait followed. With more than 200 million users there was a possibility that the Facebook member merely shared the name with Mrs Grube’s son. It was several weeks before Gavin Paros, by now a 30-year-old father of three, checked his Facebook page and found the message from his aunt.
Mother and son were reunited at 4am on Thursday after her husband picked him up from Gatwick Airport and drove him to their home in Poole, Dorset. Mrs Grube, 61, who is partially disabled after a stroke, could not wait to see Gavin.
She said: “I couldn’t sleep, I just sat waiting for him to arrive. Even though it has been nearly 30 years, when I first saw him I recognised him, he has my eyes.
After taking 5 minutes to start the PC up at work, my husband has realized that he is, for sure, a Mac snob now.
But as for Facebook, join it now, and get a page. Especially Julie and BB and… and whoever else needs one. Who knows, you might be reunited with your long, lost rich uncle! If so, be sure to remember to tithe, sending a check to 49 Varden Drive, Aiken, SC 29803.
My, how my thoughts are rambling this morning!