As a 14-year-old boy, Dave Hickman found an infant girl in a woods. On Sunday afternoon he was reunited with her. Hickman found a baby in the woods while hunting in 1955. Hickman spent the next 58 years trying to track her down.
About 50 family, friends and well-wishers watched as Hickman, now living in Vonore, Tenn., walked into Mitrione’s Rosemary Room and into the arms of Ellen Suey, the woman whose life Hickman saved Sept. 22, 1955.
“I’ve been waiting for this for 58 years,” Hickman said as he looked into her eyes, rubbed her shoulders and fought back tears.
“You’re my hero,” said Suey, who now lives in Riverside, Calif. “This is amazing.”
Hickman was hunting with his grandfather, Clay Smith, in a woods along Indiana 122, west of Boston, when he investigated an odd cooing sound. He walked 100 yards and suddenly saw a baby laying in a pile of brush. He and his grandfather called the sheriff and the baby was taken to Reid Hospital.
The child was named Roseann Wayne and was adopted by a couple who soon left the area.
Hickman had been searching for her for years. In December 2013, he contacted former Wayne County commissioner, councilman and sheriff John Catey.
Catey turned the search into a personal mission, interviewing more than 75 people and looking up records at the Wayne County Courthouse, Morrisson-Reeves Library and online before finding Ellen Suey in California.
CBS News’ Michelle Miller reports on their emotional reunion: