Man abandoned in airport toilet 33 years ago FINALLY finds his parents

He's been searching all his life to find them...

May 14 2019

A man who has spent more than three decades having no idea why or how he was abandoned in the toilets of an airport has finally discovered who his parents are.

Steve Hydes, or Gary Gatwick, was found in the South Terminal toilets of Gatwick Airport, near London.

And after years of ceaseless searching, he has sadly discovered that his mum died before he got the chance to meet her, but his dad is alive and Gary has siblings to meet.






Announcing his news on Facebook, Steve said: ‘After 15 years of searching I am happy to confirm that with the very hard work of Genetic Genealogists, CeCe Moore and Helen Riding we have been able to trace and confirm my birth family. ‘Unfortunately my birth mum has passed away so I am unable to find out exactly what happened and why.


Steve a few days after he was found

Steve a few days after he was found


'However I have found my birth father and siblings on both sides, who were all unaware of my existence.

‘As you can imagine this is quite a sensitive issue to all involved and very new to us all, but I wanted to take this time to thank everyone for their continued support over the years.

‘The work the Genealogists do is incredible and for years they have worked so hard and it is thanks to them they are solving cases like mine. More people are having their DNA tested every day and I hope this and my story can help raise awareness and prevent other babies from being abandoned.

‘Thank you to all those who have been involved and have helped with my search.’

Steve was found by duty free sales assistant Beryl Wright dressed in two babygrows and wrapped in a blanket in the women’s toilets at Gatwick on April 10, 1986, when he was believed to be just 10 days old.




Gary with his wife and children now.

Gary with his wife and children now.


Gary admits that he has never harboured any ill-will towards his birth mother, but he wanted to know exactly why he had been left. Unfortunately, now, it's unlikely he will get those answers but at least he can meet his birth father and forge a new relationship. 

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