Woman hellbent on finding long lost dad tracked ‘him’ down on TikTok…and he’s homeless

Long-lost daughter’s TikTok search for her homeless dad sparks an emotional journey of hope and reunion.
the homeless man who she believed to be the Woman lost father which she saw on a tiktok video and tracked ‘him’ down.
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A woman hellbent on finding her long lost dad thinks she’s found him by using TikTok…and he’s homeless.

Norberto Haftstein vanished when his daughter Sol Ariana, was just three-years-old.

Sol searched for him through old friends and acquaintances and through the National Registry of Persons.

She also trawled through social media, but her attempts had been in vain.

However, while scrolling through TikTok she said she finally came across a video of a homeless man.

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the homeless man who she believed to be the Woman lost father which she saw on a tiktok video and tracked ‘him’ down.
The man Sol Ariana believes to be her father Norberto Haftstein. (Picture: Jam Press)

He was being helped by street vendor and TikTok star Hernán Danolfo.

He bore an uncanny resemblance to her missing dad.

She told local media: “I couldn’t stop staring at the tattoo on his face, and I was struck by the gaze, identical to my dad’s.

“Exactly the same.

“My dad had a grey dot tattooed on his face. Check the photos of this man, and you’ll see the same grey dot.”

Sol, 22, wrote to Hernán, who replied that the homeless man was named Alejandro and that his birthday was in July.

the homeless man who she believed to be the Woman lost father which she saw on a tiktok video and tracked ‘him’ down.
The homeless man being interviewed by Hernán Danolfo. (Picture: Jam Press)

“My dad’s birthday was in November,” Sol told local media, but she insisted: “It could still be my dad.”

She added: “At one point in the video, the man says his profession is baking. My dad worked in a bakery.”

Sol, 22, showed the video to her paternal grandma, who was also convinced it was Norberto, whose disappearance she’d reported several times but to no avail.

Sol said: “Many people contacted me to share other images. In one of them, they cut his hair, and he’s identical to my dad.

“My grandmother cried watching it, and so did I. I couldn’t stop crying.”

Sol was told that the man she’s convinced is her father hangs around a well-known square in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

She’s now trying to pluck up the courage to pay him a visit.

She said: “I’m a little scared. Everyone wants to accompany me: my partner, his family, my friends.

“What if I find him, and it’s him? What do I do? It will be tough. What am I going to do with my life if it’s indeed him?”

Sol, who has a daughter, recalled: “I remember exactly when my dad left. I was three-years-old, and that image stayed with me forever.

the woman as child holding the picture of the homeless man who she believed to be the Woman the lost father which she saw on a tiktok video and tracked ‘him’ down.
Sol Ariana holding a picture of her father Norberto Haftstein before he disappeared. (Picture: Jam Press)

“I remember chasing him to the corner, crying and begging him not to go. And I remember him saying he would come back.”

She went on: “My dad had issues with drugs.

“One day, he argued with my mum because he didn’t want me to see him slowly dying.

“He suggested leaving together and leaving me with my grandparents.”

But Sol’s mum Alejandra stayed behind waiting in vain for Norberto to return.

She died from the flu five years ago, aged 39.

Sol has an older brother, who “wants nothing to do” with their dad.

She told local media: “I don’t hate him. My mum didn’t teach me to hold a grudge.”

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