Sunday, July 16, 2000

Homeless man, sister are reunited

Arrives in Ohio to collect inheritance

The Associated Press

        SULPHUR SPRINGS, Ohio — A homeless man who spent 20 years on the streets arrived Saturday in Ohio to be reunited with his sister and collect an inheritance.

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        Police tracked down Steven Kent after his sister, Bonnie White, reported him missing in January. She said she needed to reach her brother to settle the estate of her father, who died in October 1998. She and her brother are the only heirs.

        Cpl. Ron Quarn, a bicycle patrolman in Long Beach, Calif., who had cited Mr. Kent about 75 times for minor offenses, found him in an alley where Mr. Kent was known to sleep. On Wednesday night, Mr. Kent began a 21/2-day bus trip to Ohio.

        Ms. White picked Mr. Kent up Saturday morning at a Mansfield bus station and drove him to their childhood home, where she still lives, in this small town about 60 miles northwest of Columbus.

        “It is nice seeing her again ... I missed her,” Mr. Kent said Saturday. “We talked about old times and how she has been fixing up the place.”

        Probate records obtained by the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum show the estate of their father, Dewey Kent Jr., has an estimated value of nearly $110,000.

        Ms. White said they have an appointment to settle the estate Monday, but she said seeing her brother is most important.

        “It never was about the money,” she said Saturday. “It has been two years and I just wanted closure.”

        Mr. Kent, 45, said he went to Long Beach for the weather, but he looks forward to Sulphur Springs' peace and quiet.

        “I was so excited to see Steven I couldn't sleep the night before,” Ms. White said.

        Mr. Kent said he doesn't have any plans yet for spending his inheritance.



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