Published: 00:02, 20 April 2019
Gamal Turawa ended up in Kent in the mid-1970s after running away from his abusive father.
Now 55, he appealed to readers in Sheppey for help to track down the family which gave him a bed for a night.
Allison Champ, who now lives in Northampton, read our story on Kent Online and is now in touch with Mr Turawa.
She said: "We knew him as Victor.
"I can still remember that night when my older brother Darren brought him back to our house in Rushenden.
"He had been taking the dog for a walk and came back and told mum he had found a boy.
"My mum asked 'What do you mean you FOUND a boy?'
"He was a little black boy all alone.
"We called the police but they allowed him to stay with us that night.
"I remember seeing him in a pair of my brother's blue paisley pyjamas. It was so memorable. We always wondered what happened to him."
"It was so memorable. We always wondered what happened to him..." - Allison Champ
Her mother Glenys and younger brother Stephen still live on Sheppey. The family is now making plans to hold a reunion.
Mr Turawa went on to join the Metropolitan Police and has recently retired.
When our sister paper the Times Guardian broke the news to him he said: "That's fantastic. Thank you so much.
"This really means a lot."
He had been trying to get to Canterbury to see his foster parents but caught the wrong train at London Victoria and ended up in Queenborough.
He recalled: “I arrived at night and just had enough money for a portion of chips. But as I was walking along the beach I bumped into some youngsters with a dog. They took me back home to their parents where we watched Cleopatra on the TV.”
The next morning police took Mr Turawa away.
He said: “I never knew their name but I’m pretty sure they will remember that night because they said I was the first black kid they had ever seen.
"I must have stuck out like a sore thumb.”