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Dateline NBC reunites kidnapped janitor with family

July 15, 2011
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FORT COLLINS, CO — Forty years after he was kidnapped by a babysitter, Colorado State University (CSU) janitor Ray Smith received a telephone call that he never anticipated, according to The Rocky Mountain Collegian.

A producer of the popular NBC television show "Dateline" told Smith that his biological mother and two sisters may have been located and a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test was all that separated him from the blood relatives he never knew, the story stated.

According to the story, after being kidnapped in 1972, Smith was shuffled around to various foster homes, ending up in Colorado after his adoptive mother developed health problems.

Smith, who leads a band called Immortal Dominion, ended up at CSU as a way to be independent and pay the bills while pursuing his music career, the story noted.

"I got a job so I could support myself," Smith said. "But, my passion is music."

Smith, who has plans to marry his fiancé next spring, regularly keeps in touch with his mother and two sisters, chatting about anything and everything, the story added.

"It was awesome that I got to meet them finally," Smith continued. "It was amazing to see them after so long. They looked just like me. The experience was sort of awkward in front of all the cameras and stuff, but I was willing to do anything just to meet them."

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