Siblings Reunited After 16 Years

Siblings Reunited After 16 Years

A Texoma brother and sister who haven't seen each other in 16 years are now back in touch, despite being nearly 500 miles apart.

Last week in Kansas City, Missouri, Sarah Darling stopped to give homeless Billy Ray Harris some change. What she left him was her $8000 engagement ring. Days later, she found Harris, who not only remembered her, but hadn't sold her ring and was happy to return it.

CBS affiliate KCTV5 first covered the story, which was quickly picked up by Yahoo! News, The New York Daily News and other national networks. Harris said he was shocked by all the attention. He said, "It kind of shows you what the worlds coming to, you know? I mean, that's what I was raised to do, give stuff back that don't belong to you."

Here's where things get interesting.

On Thursday, Robin Harris of Wichita Falls was on Yahoo! News when a story caught her attention. She told Newschannel 6, "From the side of my eye I noticed the name said Billy Ray Harris and I looked again and it was my brother." A big brother she hadn't seen since he moved away 16 years ago.

KCTV5 contacted Newschannel 6 and began putting the pieces together. Their reporter met with Billy Ray again, and told him her station had been flooded with people wanting to help. He waved off all the offers, but then heard about a phone call from Robin Harris. Billy Ray said, "Hey, she's got my last name...and my sisters name is robin...that might be my sister, That is my baby sister?!"

Billy Ray got his sisters number and made a phone call. Before they spoke, Robin Harris told Newschannel 6 the message she had for her long lost brother. She said, "We want him to come home. He don't have to be homeless, he has family here that will give him a place to stay."

Last we heard Billy Ray is considering coming home, but doesn't want to be a burden on his family. Whether he visits, relocates, or just picks up the phone, both siblings said they're just happy to be back in touch.

Jack Lamson, Newschannel 6