Reunited after 40 years: the Riess family’s amazing adoption reunion story

Deception may give us what we want for the present, but it will always take it away in the end. –Rachel Hawthorne

On November 30, 1976 a baby girl was born. Four days later, she was handed to a married couple who hoped to adopt her. For the next forty years, the young couple had no idea where their daughter was, if she was safe, healthy or even alive. Despite attempts to find her, they were unsuccessful. For the same forty years, and only a few miles apart, the baby girl was raised to believe she was the biological child of the couple who adopted her; until 2017 when an unexpected result on an Ancestry DNA test shattered their elaborate web of lies.

Michelle at 5 days old
Michelle Lyn Riess

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