26 Jun 2010

Family overjoyed at finding long-lost relative

3:52 pm on 26 June 2010

An elderly homeless woman who has been living rough in Hawaii, is to be reunited with her family in Bay of Plenty.

The Helmbright family recognised their long lost Aunty Ethel immediately from a photograph posted on the internet by her state-appointed guardian in Hawai'i.

Consular officials are still trying to confirm her identity, but family members say they have no doubts.

A niece has told Radio New Zealand the family is amazed at the turn of events and hopes to bring her home as soon as possible.