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Friday, January 28, 2011

Kelli Christensen Reuniting With Homeless Father -- Hopefully

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM

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Thanks to the tips from SF Weekly readers, Kelli Christensen is coming to San Francisco in the next week to hopefully reunite with her father, a local homeless man. 

We ran a story in our paper this week on Christensen's search for her estranged father, Marty, after discovering him in our feature on homeless residents who lived at the Transbay Terminal. She says about 20 San Franciscans have called her with tips on where to find her dad. 

"Some lady gave some dude a piece of chicken last night and then realized after giving it to him that it was him," Christensen says. "Some guy called me while he was riding his bike as he was going to get his medication. He almost got hit by one of those trains talking to me." 

Readers have told her to try and find him on Market Street, along the benches behind the Ferry Building. 

But the most promising lead came from a merchant on the wharf who claims that Marty comes into his business every morning. He said that the man goes by the name "Frank," but after another day he confirmed that Frank was actually Marty. 

Now Christensen is planning to drive from her Central Valley hometown of Kingsburg to San Francisco to try and meet him. With the potential reunion after 20 years so close, Christensen says she's getting nervous about her father's reaction. 

"I don't know what he's going to do. I don't know if he's going to turn around and run," she says. "I told the [merchant] not to say anything to him, because I don't want him to not go in there." 

"My family says that if he didn't want to be found, he wouldn't have been in the article in the first place,"  Christensen said.

Stay tuned.

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