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Posted: 3/11/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

/images/stories.asp?i=20110523133550.0.jpgIn 1971, Bill and Norma met and fell in love. They had a beautiful baby girl named Kathie and planned to get married after Bill finished Navy boot camp in 1972. Then, Bill's story began to unravel, and he lost contact with Norma and Kathie. For 37 years, he has searched for her in person and on the internet, but has not been able to find her. Bill never had other children, but has always yearned to find his baby girl. "There's been an empty hole in me all my life," he said.

In January of this year, he saw an episode of the Troy the Locator show on TV and contacted Search Quest America. He wrote the following:

"I am trying to locate my daughter. Her mom and I were supposed to get married, but she got scared after Kathie was born and moved back to Kentucky where she was from. I managed to locate Katie and her mom in Madisonville, KY in 1974, and went to see them. I haven't seen either since. My sister got a letter from Kathie in 1984 telling me she wanted to meet me again, but most of the letter was destroyed. I tried to locate her on my own, but I have never tried to hire anyone to help. Please help me find my daughter. I know she wants to see me. I can feel it."

A few days after receiving the email, Linda, SQA search consultant, contacted Bill. At first Bill thought the search was out of his price range, but when he won $2000 at a casino a few days later, he decided it was fate and went forward with the search. Linda advised Bill that the search could take months to solve so he was shocked when SQA researcher Julie solved the case in just 4 days.

In his own words, Bill recalls, "When Julie called me to inform me that she had indeed found my daughter, I was sure I was dreaming! It didn't even take a week to locate Kathie. After a couple phone calls and a little quick thinking by Julie, I was on the phone with my daughter. When I answered the phone and said hello, all I heard at the other end was crying. I started crying, too. After a few seconds I asked if it was Kathie. When she said yes, I started crying again. We talked for about an hour, and have chatted every day since. Now I have pictures of my daughter and my 4 grandkids and am looking forward to meeting her in person in February. I'm flying down to Kentucky to see her after all these years! I will NEVER be able to thank you enough! You are all miracle workers and once again I sincerely thank you!"

Today, looking back, he says "Now I'm kicking myself. Why didn't I do it sooner? It was the most positive experience of my life." Bill's success was made possible by concrete information and a team of miracle workers dedicated to helping people like Bill find the missing pieces in their lives. When asked what advice he would give to others with missing pieces of their own, he said, "Just do it. Take the risk--it will change your life completely."

(Written by Mica Burton on Bill's behalf.)
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