On September 24, 1975, 4-year-old Mika Cheesman was walking with her mother inside the hustle and bustle of New York Penn Station. Mika remembers her mother would take a few steps, turn around, take more steps, and turn around again. Something didn’t feel right.
When Mika noticed a candy store inside the train station, her mom let her go in for some chocolates. But when Mika turned back, her mother was just… gone.
The confused child tried looking for her mom, but she was nowhere to be found. Eventually, a police officer noticed the little girl standing there lost and alone and took her under his wing.
Mika ended up in an orphanage; the Missing Persons Bureau was unable to locate anyone in her family. It was as if her mother had vanished into thin air.
For the next four decades, Mika yearned for the truth behind what happened that day and who her birth family was. Perhaps her mother was mentally ill, she thought.
In 2001, Mika posted a plea on a genealogy website, hoping someone somewhere would have some information. However, she didn’t have much money to pay for resources. Lynn-Marie Carty, a mother of three and struggling private eye, offered to take on her case for free. The pair made some gradual progress as the year passed, but Mika still hadn’t gotten the answers she hoped for.
Then, in 2017, Lynn-Marie sent Mika a DNA test as a Christmas gift, and it finally led Mika to the truth.
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