When Boynton Beach Police Office Eric Reynolds received an email in June, he had no idea it would change his life.
Reynolds completed a 23andMe test three years ago, in the hopes of learning more about his family's ancestry and heath. 23andMe specializes in at-hone genetics testing and analysis.
Then last month he got an email that began like this.
“Good morning, my name is David Stull. According to 23andMe, we are half-brothers. I was adopted as an infant and have very little knowledge of my family history, so I have no way of knowing the validity of this.”
Reynolds says he was curious about the possibility of unknown relatives when he did the test, but he never imagined this.
Stull is Reynolds' half-brother and, as fate would have it, he's also a law enforcement officer.
“It was overwhelming and exciting and bit of sadness at the same time," Reynolds said.
Stull is a sergeant at the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
"I have someone I can talk to, trust as brothers and cops. It feels great.”
“It was like meeting a clone of me,” Reynolds said. "We’ve been texting all the time. We’re alike in so many ways."