Man reunites with mother 31 years after allegedly being kidnapped by father

A Canadian mother has been reunited with her son 31 years after he was abducted as a toddler.

Lyneth Mann-Lewis said Monday that one of the first things she did was cook a meal for her now-33-year-old son, Jermaine, after flying down to Connecticut to see him for the first time since he went missing in 1987.

“I am the proof that after 31 long years of suffering, one should never give up,” she said at a press conference, according to Global News. “Be patient, be strong, and believe that all things are possible and that anything can transpire.”

Mann went missing in June 1987 during a scheduled visitation with his father, Allan Mann, when he was 21 months old.

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Jermaine Mann was missing from Toronto, Canada since Jun 24, 1987. Jermaine's photo is shown age-progressed to 31 years. (Photo: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
Lyneth Mann-Lewis, of Brampton, Ontario, discusses her reunion with her son Jermaine Mann, who until recently, was living under an alias in the U.S., during a press conference at Toronto Police Headquarters in Toronto on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. Allan Mann Jr. was arrested in Vernon, Conn., on Friday and accused of abducting his 21-month-old son 31 years ago during a court-ordered visitation. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press via AP)
He was allegedly abducted by his father, Allan Mann. Allan's photo is shown age-progressed to 64 years. (Photo: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
Lyneth Mann-Lewis, center, of Brampton, Ontario, alongside family members, discusses her reunion with her son Jermaine Mann, who until recently, was living under an alias in the U.S., during a press conference at Toronto Police Headquarters in Toronto on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. Allan Mann Jr. was arrested in Vernon, Conn., on Friday and accused of abducting his 21-month-old son 31 years ago during a court-ordered visitation. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press via AP)
TORONTO, ON- OCTOBER 29 - Chief Mark Saunders listens as Lyneth Mann-Lewis talks about being reunited with her son Jermaine who was abducted by his father 31 years ago when he was 2 years-old after their previous MLS Cup season at Toronto Police Headquarters in Toronto. Her son was not at the press conference he was found in Connecticut, his father has been arrested and charged. October 29, 2018. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Lyneth Mann-Lewis, right, of Brampton, Ontario, alongside family members, discusses her reunion with her son Jermaine Mann, who until recently, was living under an alias in the U.S., during a press conference at Toronto Police Headquarters in Toronto on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. Allan Mann Jr. was arrested in Vernon, Conn., on Friday and accused of abducting his 21-month-old son 31 years ago during a court-ordered visitation. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press via AP)
Jermaine Mann was missing from Toronto, Canada since Jun 24, 1987. Jermaine's photo is shown age-progressed to 31 years. (Photo: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
Lyneth Mann-Lewis, center, of Brampton, Ontario, alongside family members, discusses her reunion with her son Jermaine Mann, who until recently, was living under an alias in the U.S., during a press conference at Toronto Police Headquarters in Toronto on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. Allan Mann Jr. was arrested in Vernon, Conn., on Friday and accused of abducting his 21-month-old son 31 years ago during a court-ordered visitation. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press via AP)
Jermaine Mann was missing from Toronto, Canada since Jun 24, 1987. (Photo: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
Lyneth Mann-Lewis, right, of Brampton, Ontario, is joined by family members while discussing her initial reaction to reuniting with her son Jermaine Mann, who until recently, was living under an alias in the U.S., during a press conference at Toronto Police Headquarters in Toronto on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. Allan Mann Jr. was arrested in Vernon, Conn., on Friday and accused of abducting his 21-month-old son 31 years ago during a court-ordered visitation. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press via AP)
TORONTO, ON- OCTOBER 29 - Amanda Pick, CEO of the Missing Children Society of Canada gives Lyneth Mann-Lewis a smile before she talks about being reunited with her son Jermaine who was abducted by his father 31 years ago when he was 2 years-old after their previous MLS Cup season at Toronto Police Headquarters in Toronto. Her son was not at the press conference he was found in Connecticut, his father has been arrested and charged. October 29, 2018. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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As he grew up, his father told him that his mother had died. His mother never stopped searching, but it wasn’t until 2016 that Toronto police and the U.S. Marshals Service began collaborating after a joint training session.

Officials offered few details, but said that the elder Mann had been arrested Friday after being tracked down using facial recognition technology. He had been living just outside of Hartford, Conn., allegedly having used counterfeit birth certificates for himself and his son for decades.

Allan Mann faces federal charges including making false statements in transactions with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"They lived, basically, a life of lies as to who they were and what they did, unbeknownst to Jermaine," Toronto Police Det. Wayne Banks said.

Mann-Lewis said she spent hours in a hotel meeting her adult son and cooking for him; Mann, a vegetarian, even ate the chicken she made.

"The words 'your son is alive, we found him,' that is breathtaking," she said. "Constant worry is finally over."

The grateful mother also shared the first words she heard from her son: “Mommy you have my eyes.”

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