US boy spots missing mother in Aussie teen's YouTube video
A young Australian YouTuber has helped reunite a US family after a 10-year-old boy recognised his missing mother, who he thought had died, in a video the blogger filmed about helping homeless people.
Brooke Roberts, 19, filmed 'Feeding the Homeless' in Los Angeles on July 4.
Ten days after uploading the video to his Youtube channel, Prank Nation, the Adelaide teenager received an email from a man named Eddie from Florida - 4100 kilometres from LA - who said his son had spotted his mother in the footage.
"That's my son's mother, she's been missing since November, I can't believe you found her, you're a miracle, a Godsend, thank you so much for making the video," Eddie said.
"I need your help, we need to know where this video was filmed...please help if you can, my son has been in tears for over an hour, he thought something terrible happened to her."
Roberts called Eddie and the pair eventually arranged to meet up and search for the missing woman, Jaime, together after Roberts spent a day unsuccessfully walking the streets looking for her on his own.
"My son's mother has been suffering from addiction and mental illness for about the last ten years," Eddie said.
"We thought she had passed away and in some kind of miracle, my son Evan, her son, who's 10-years-old, was watching YouTube videos like he always does...two minutes and 30 seconds into the video, sure enough there's his mum on the other side of the country sitting on the curb.
"I couldn't believe it, it was such a relief to me and Evan, and the whole family."
After two days looking for Jaime in LA, Eddie and Roberts had a breakthrough when they found a homeless man who said Jaime lived in the area.
Eddie found her soon afterwards.
"I almost just changed my mind [about heading down a particular street] but then I had this vision of seeing her, so I went down there and I kind of stood around a little bit...all of a sudden Jaime came walking up and she couldn't believe that I was standing there," he said.
Eddie gave Jaime his hotel bed to sleep in for the night and took her to buy clean clothes and a mobile phone the next day.
But unfortunately for Eddie and his son, Evan, Jaime was unable to return to Florida.
"Unfortunately she doesn't have the ability to come home with me to Florida at this time," he said.
"I'm trying to get her established here...and hopefully in the near future she can come home for a visit."
Roberts, during a video he made about the search for Jaime, asked people to help the mother to rebuild her life by donating to a gofundme page he has set up.
"We worked so hard together to find her...I want to follow through with it, I'm just asking if you could spare a dollar that would be amazing," he said.
"This has been an amazing experience for me and it's made me realise how lucky we are.
"Eddie and his family are great people, it's been tough, but you know, I've loved every minute of it."