MESA, Arizona (KPNX) -- When Marcial Verdejo III was 12, his father left their Chandler, Arizona home one day and never came back.
Over the next 18 years, Marcial would occasionally Google his father, trying to find out what happened to him, but with no luck.
Then not long ago, he saw a short news story on a Phoenix news station's website about a fire at a soup kitchen.
Although Marcial had not seen his father in nearly two decades, he recognized him in the picture that accompanied the news item. The distinctive scar on his father's chin confirmed it.
In the story, Marcial Verdejo Jr., a maintenance man at Paz de Cristo shelter in Mesa, was being honored by the Mesa Fire Department for helping to fight a fire until firefighters arrived.