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Posted: 11/4/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

My name is Kathryn, and one of the deepest regrets of my life is losing my grandson Mark when he was only 2 years old. He was my pride and joy until his mother and father had a falling out and she moved out of the state and took him away from our family. My son was devastated, and not long after their separation he was tragically killed in a car accident. I have not heard from his ex-wife or my grandson in all these years, and I have ached over the fact that Mark probably thinks he was abandoned by his father. I worry that as he has grown up he hopes for birthday and Christmas cards and feels terrible about himself each year that they don't come. If only we knew how to get in touch with him, I would take him in my arms even as a grown man and tell him that he has always been loved. I have prayed for him every day, and after 30 years it is time to do something about it.

A friend of mine suggested that I hire a private investigator to find him, but I imagined that the search would be way out of my budget. As a family, we decided to contact Search Quest America to see what could be done. Our case was assigned to Marilyn Rose and we held our breath hoping for the best. We were so surprised when she called us just over a week later to tell us she had found him. Imagine! I spent 30 years searching for him and it only took Search Quest America 10 days to find him. I am so grateful that we decided to ask for professional help because it made all the difference.

I am so proud of Mark--he turned out to be a wonderful young man, educated, with a promising career and a beautiful family. When I saw a picture of him for the first time I wept with the resemblance. Seeing him is like having my son back again. I am so grateful to be a great-grandmother and to close the family circle around Mark and his family. As much as I wanted to find him and truly believed that it would bring closure to his life, I have not yet begun to understand how this search has effected Mark. Throughout his life his mother has been reluctant to discuss any aspect of his father's life. She remarried and went on to live a full life, but Mark has always had a hole in his heart wondering about his father and his family. Learning that he has always been loved and missed has filled that emptiness and helped him feel good about himself. He knows now that he won't repeat the mistakes his father made because they weren't mistakes at all. His absence was not his choice and was not Mark's fault--it was a simply a tragedy. I feel like our family is complete for the first time in 30 years and I owe it all to Search Quest America. I know that this is exactly what my son would have wanted. Thank you!!

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

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