Randy Waites' daughter said the pair had a lot of similarities and shared the same rare last name.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published on February 10, 2022. It has since been updated.
Randy Waites, who grew up without knowing his father, was watching the weather report on a rather uneventful day when a name on the television caught his eye. A man, whose name was Eddie Waites, was being interviewed as part of the report on Sacramento-based NBC affiliate KCRA-TV. The name was shown on TV for less than 10 seconds, but they shared the last name and he knew it wasn't a common name. In fact, he didn't know anyone else with that last name. Randy's interest was piqued. He turned to his daughter, Camilla, and shared what he had just seen. She looked at the man and could see her father in him. "I saw [Eddie's] features and he actually looked a lot like my dad in the eyes," Camilla told KCRA-TV.
Surely not, thought Randy Waites. It's not every day that you find an uncanny lookalike. Camilla looked up Eddie Waites online and there was too much similarity for it to be a coincidence, she told her father Randy. "I seen him on the news and I had never met anyone with the same spelling as my last name," said Randy later. Soon, they connected with each other through a phone call and discovered that they were brothers. "It was funny how we clicked, it was like were friends for 20 years," he said. The pair had spent more than 50 years not knowing they had a brother. Eddie knew it was his brother as soon as he saw a photo of him. "Once I seen a picture of him, I seen my dad. I seen our dad," said Eddie. "The whole thing is surreal. To have not only a brother, but a family I never knew existed is beyond words," he added. Eddie 'knew it was real.'
That’s Eddie Waites on the left, and Randy Waites on the right. They share the same father. Do you see the similarities? pic.twitter.com/mPzzPugNJp— Stephanie Lin (@StephanieLinTV) February 6, 2022
They realized that they had lived just 30 miles apart from each other their whole lives. They finally met up and were overwhelmed by emotions. They shared a long emotional hug before Eddie planted a kiss on his brother's cheek. "It's just unbelievable," said Eddie, and Randy agreed. "Where have you been all my life, " asked Randy, and Eddie turned it on him. "Where have you been?" Speaking to the network, Eddie said, "It's almost an out-of-body experience," before adding that it was surreal to find a new relative out of the blue. "Beyond words," said Eddie. Soon the pair's families met up as well. "It was crazy," said Randy's 13-year-old son Dalton on gaining a new family.
Our coverage just ran in the 5pm show, but you can catch this incredible story — and the very special in-person meeting between these two brothers — again tonight on @kcranews at 10. pic.twitter.com/xVaM5LqgZT— Stephanie Lin (@StephanieLinTV) February 6, 2022
When asked about the pair's immediate plans, Eddie said he wanted to spend as much time with his brother. "Filling him in on all the gaps of his life, and filling in all the gaps in my life," he said. "I've never met my father, never saw a picture of him my entire life," said Randy. "[Eddie] has been texting me all kinds of different stuff, pictures of my grandfather, and filling in on the family history that I never had on that side."