Billadeau’s daughter, Sarah Billadeau, 42, and granddaughter, Megan Billadeau, 27, both wiped away tears and smiled during the reunion.
“He didn’t have any women in his life,” Sarah said. “We’re going to get that straightened out real fast.”
Boyson said he’s looking forward to visiting Billadeau near St. Louis and meeting more family.
“I’m hoping I can go and spend a week or two,” he said. “I want to meet the whole congregation. I never knew I had a big family.”
Eddie, who enjoys messing around with his family’s iPad, said he’s glad he was able to assist in making the reunion happen and that he learned about helping others at school.
“Clifford did not have any family, and family’s important,” the boy said.
Near the end of their tearful reunion Boyson and Billadeau presented Eddie with a $125 check in appreciation of his detective work.