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Missing Woman Reunited with Family After 51 Years of Absence - 1 Horrifyingly Ironic Fact Had Them Crying

Added 11-29-22 04:45:04pm EST - “The undying, persistent love of the Highsmith family brought about a Christmas miracle that reunited everyone after over 5 decades.” - Westernjournal.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Westernjournal.com: “Missing Woman Reunited with Family After 51 Years of Absence - 1 Horrifyingly Ironic Fact Had Them Crying”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In what might be the best Christmas gift ever, Melissa Highsmith was reunited with her family on Saturday, 51 years after she went missing as a toddler.

Apantenco was unable to wait for the babysitter to arrive at her apartment to pick up Melissa, so a roommate passed off the toddler to the babysitter. But the sitter never brought Melissa back to her home.

“We never gave up hope looking for her through the years. We had several tips, we would go off to other states. We would go off and talk to different girls, have DNA made, and our hopes were dashed. It was hard,” Jeff Highsmith, Melissa’s father, told KDFW-TV.

The family said they faced the horror of law enforcement accusing Apantenco of murdering her own daughter and hiding the crime.

When Facebook came into existence, the family even started a Facebook page entitled, “Finding Melissa.” (The page has now been renamed to “WE FOUND MELISSA!”) It was through the suggestion of a genealogist that they discovered 23andMe.

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