A homeless man who won global attention after returning a woman's $100,000 engagement ring has been reunited with his long-lost family.
Billy Ray Harris was panhandling in Kansas City, in the US state of Missouri, last month when a woman throwing spare change into his cup accidentally dropped her diamond and platinum ring.
When the woman returned the next day, Harris happily gave it back.
That good deed ignited a whirlwind of media coverage — and caught the attention of family members he had not seen in 16 years.
"I'd been worried sick about my family since the last time I saw them," Harris told America's TODAY show.
"I totally lost contact with them back in the 90's … I was kind of down in the dumps and on the verge of giving up."
It was his sister Robin Harris Williams who first spotted Harris on TV.
"I knew it was my brother as soon as I saw the picture and automatically I just started yelling," said Williams, who lives in Texas.
Williams reached out to her estranged brother and also notified her other brother and two sisters, all of whom took part in a joyous reunion this morning.
"I never would've thought this [could happen]," Harris said.
Last month the fiance to the woman who got her ring back set up a website seeking donations for Harris, as a thanks for his selfless act.
About 8000 well-wishers have since donated more than $183,000.
Harris, who was sleeping on the streets just weeks ago, now has a home and a part-time job.
"Got it all right here now," he said.
Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Mark Worley