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Shoshannah Hensley, 23, had wondered about her biological father her whole life. Shoshannah Hensley, 23, had wondered about her biological father her whole life.
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Shoshannah Hensley, 23, had wondered about her biological father her whole life.  She hadn't seen him since she was a toddler, but one of her greatest desires was to meet him.

Then on Sunday during her shift at the Exxon station in Post Falls a twist of fate brought the two together. 

It wasn't the first time she saw the man who looks a little bit like a scruffy Sam Elliott, circa The Big Lebowski.  

"As far as I knew he was just another gentleman on the streets coming in to the store," says Hensley.  But then he handed her his food stamp card, and that changed everything. 

"He asked me what his balance was and I saw the name and my heart dropped," says Hensley.  "I said what's your middle name and he said 'Eugene'  and I said you're my biological father! I've been searching for you for over twenty years."  

"We both started shaking," says Hensley Sr. who said he couldn't sleep at all the night they met.    

It was a tearful, yet joyful reunion neither was sure would ever happen.   

"I don't wanna cry," Hensley Sr. tells KHQ through tears.  "When you miss a child, you feel empty for years."

I asked him if he had any doubts when she told him he was her father.  He responded "Nope, not one."

Shoshannah says it's a relief.  She says she's done people searches and then looked for the last state he ever lived in, then tried to figure out address changes, but to no avail.  All the while, he was right under her nose. 

"I never thought the day would come," says Hensley.    

Hensley Sr. says now that his daughter is back in his life, he's not going to let her go again.  "I'm going to be there in every way.  Whatever it takes."

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