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Dad Desperately Searches for Daughter for 2 Years, Finds Her in a Homeless Shelter

Ayesha Muhammad
Mar 22, 2022
08:40 P.M.
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When a father's little girl suddenly disappeared one day, he was devastated. He looked everywhere for his daughter for two years, but nothing helped. Then, one day, he received a phone call that changed everything. 

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The connection between parents and children is incredibly profound and heartwarming. Nothing is more heartbreaking for a parent than being separated from their children. 

Ironically, a father experienced something similar when his little princess went missing one day. Despite all efforts, he couldn't find her whereabouts. But unbeknownst to him, his ordeal would soon come to an end. 

[Left] Bryan Thouvenel and Harmony Rain Thouvenel; [Right] Bryan lovingly kisses Harmony's hand. | Source: facebook.com/Bryan Thouvenel

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WELCOMING THEIR LITTLE PRINCESS

Bryan Thouvenel from Myrtle Creek, Oregon, was once an aspiring songwriter. He was familiar with living rough and had fathered two children before he turned 30. Then, one night in 2010, his friends dragged him to a karaoke bar. 

He met a girl there and sang to her The Beatles' "The Long and Winding Road." Bryan was smitten with the girl, and soon, the two became a couple. Their relationship bloomed, and they welcomed a lovely daughter, Harmony Rain Thouvenel. 

They chose their daughter's middle name, Rain, after being inspired by a Beatles song. But after two years, tension arose between the couple, and they broke up. Bryan didn't know then that their soured relationship would affect Harmony. 

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Bryan Thouvenel and Harmony Rain Thouvenel. | Source: Facebook.com/ Bryan Thouvenel

LOSING HIS LITTLE GIRL

In 2014, Bryan woke up to find that his two-year-old daughter was missing. He then discovered that Harmony was taken across the state border by her mother, and the duo was headed north to Washington. 

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He also became associated with the Washington-based nonprofit "Time to Put Kids First," which funded him and Harmony on their Hawaii vacation in May 2016. 

Because of their severed relationship, Bryan had no means of contacting his ex-girlfriend and struggled to locate his daughter's whereabouts. Still, he searched for his little girl, hoping to find her somewhere.

Harmony Rain Thouvenel and Bryan Thouvenel. | Source: facebook.com/Bryan Thouvenel

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A LIFE-CHANGING CALL

The father-of-three desperately looked for his girl for two years, but his efforts were in vain. In his daughter's absence, he filed for custody at the Douglas County Courthouse and was granted Harmony's full custody in March 2015. 

One day, while talking to his mother at a restaurant in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, a friend called Bryan and said he had seen Harmony at a Salvation Army homeless shelter in Spokane, Washington. 

The mother and son duo dropped everything and immediately drove to Spokane, where a judge at the courthouse ordered his ex-girlfriend to bring their daughter to court. The judge ultimately put back Harmony in Bryan's custody. 

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Harmony Rain Thouvenel and Bryan Thouvenel. | Source: facebook.com/Bryan Thouvenel

THE EMOTIONAL REUNION

After the court's decision, a cop told Bryan to wait for his daughter on a bench outside the courtroom. The then 41-year-old man recounted his then five-year-old daughter walking toward him. He further added: 

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"She's kind of looking around, and I said her name once. She kind of looked at me funny and I said 'Harmony, it's daddy.' Her eyes just kind of lit up."

Bryan was super ecstatic to see his daughter. He said he fought through hell to find Harmony and was relieved to have her back in his life. The delighted father used photos on his cell phone to refresh his little girl's memory, and the two became practically inseparable. 

Bryan Thouvenel and Harmony Rain Thouvenel. | Source: facebook.com/Bryan Thouvenel

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"TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR"

The other Thouvenel children were also thrilled to welcome their baby sister and showered little Harmony with extra love and attention. The Oregon man recalled that in Harmony's absence, he often sat outside at night, looked at the stars, and sang "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." 

He hoped that his daughter was staring at the night sky and humming the same tune somewhere. When Harmony reunited with him, Bryan revealed that she took him outside, sat on the balcony rails, and sang "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." 

The doting dad was moved to tears and shared how singing the famous rhyme became a daily night ritual for him and his little princess.

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A MUCH-NEEDED DADDY-DAUGHTER TRIP

According to Bryan, Harmony also suffered from separation anxiety for some time. During a trip to the coast, she waited for her dad outside the door every time he went to the bathroom.

But Bryan gradually assured his little princess he wasn't going anywhere, and she was finally at home. Drawing from his experience, he joined organizations like "The Pacific Northwest Father's Rights Movement." 

He also became associated with the Washington-based nonprofit "Time to Put Kids First," which funded him and Harmony on their Hawaii vacation in May 2016. The daddy-daughter duo relaxed, reconnected, and enjoyed endless beach time during their trip.

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MAKING NEW MEMORIES

Despite staying away from his daughter for two years, Bryan was focused on making new memories and rebuilding his relationship with Harmony. Indeed, Bryan's positive outlook helped turn his ordeal into a chance to create a happy future with his girl. 

We wish this daddy-daughter duo all the best, and we hope they continue to thrive and grow in love. If this story brought a smile to your face, please share it with your family and friends. 

For Bryan, Harmony will forever remain his little princess. Like him, another dad who whole-heartedly loved his daughter decided to turn her wheelchair into a beautiful Cinderella carriage. You can click here to read the full story. 

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