Two half-brothers have been brought together thanks to an investigation by Insight, the well-known private detective agency.
Philip Reid, who was adopted as a baby, contacted the Insight team earlier this year in a bid to trace his birth mother. Sadly, his mother died in 2012, but the investigation led to an introduction he hadn’t prepared for – to his half-brother, Nicholas.
Phil, who was born in the UK but now lives in Melbourne, Australia, knew he was adopted although previous attempts to find his birth mother had failed. Now in his 40s and married to Liz, the couple decided earlier this year to try once more in the hope that advances in technology and genealogy would bear fruit.
Because Phil’s mother was Scottish, they appointed Insight to conduct the search here in the UK. Scotland doesn’t yet have an online record of births, marriages and deaths so the hunt entailed a manual search of paper records. That was when the Insight team discovered that Phil’s mother had passed away in 2012 due to cancer, aged just 63, but that he possibly had a sibling.
Nicholas, who lives in Scotland, was born three years after Phil and was raised by their mother. Nicholas had become aware that he had a sibling when he read his mother’s medical notes during her illness, but hadn’t felt able to question her to find out more because she was so poorly.
When Insight realised Phil had a half-brother they immediately set about tracking him down. The half-brothers have now spoken to each other by phone and their wives communicate regularly via Facebook - they have many similarities including children of a similar age.
Phil said: “I was impressed with the professionalism of the Insight team, and the speed of their investigation which took around six weeks in total. It means a lot to me to know more about my history and to know that I have a half-brother in Nicholas. It’s early days but we have both said we are going to meet within the next 12 months.”
Tony Smith of Insight Investigations, said: “We are often asked to help people trace relatives they have either never met or they’ve lost touch with. Investigations like this are becoming more common thanks to family history programmes such as Who do you think you are? and Long Lost Family . It’s a privilege to be a part of such life-changing events.”
Notes to Editors
Insight Investigations is led by Tony Smith who has worked as a private investigator on an international scale for the past 36 years. He is the Vice-Chairman of The World Association of Professional Investigators and is founder member of the British Association of Investigators & Process Servers.
Tony has contributed and spoken of his investigation experiences on Channel 4 Dispatches, BBC News and appeared on The Big Questions hosted by Nicky Campbell, discussing the subject of infidelity. Tony is also the real life Nice Guy Eddie (BBC1 series), the Liverpool Private Investigator played by Ricky Tomlinson. Tony contributed to the programme as script editor.
Tony is regularly invited to comment on:
• How to spot a cheating partner?
• Comment on social media security issues
• Identity Fraud
• Dating and Romance Scams
• Internet scams
For interview requests, please contact Insight Investigations on 0800 14 55 123.
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