A Little Girl Got Lost In Penn Station–Four Decades Later, A Simple DNA Test Reunites Her With Her Family

Four decades ago, a Washington State woman named Mika Cheesman found herself lost in New York City’s Penn Station.

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According to Cheesman…

“I was in Penn Station with my mother, walking around. I saw a candy store.”

“I walked in it. I went out, didn’t see her where she was standing.”

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She went on to say that she searched for her mother in the station, but to no avail. Cheesman’s mother suffered from mental illness.

Cheesman was eventually picked up by a police officer and sent to the New York Foundling, which is run by the Roman Catholic order, the Sisters of Charity.

A newspaper ad was run, but no one responded.

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Eventually, Cheesman was adopted from the group home. But unfortunately the family was abusive.

She later found out that her grandmother had searched for her, but also to no avail.

By the time her grandmother tracked down where she had been taken to, Cheesman had already been adopted and the case was considered closed.

Mika Cheesman with Adoptive Parent | Inside Edition

In 1999, Cheesman posted on a genealogy site asking for help to find her parents. Lynn-Marie Carty, who has successfully reunited many families over her career, responded to the call.

But it took until this year, 19 years later, to get results.

Carty had Cheesman’s DNA results up on multiple websites. Finally, she found a cousin.

And through the cousin was able to locate Cheesman’s parents, who had both thought their daughter was dead.

While Cheesman is not going to get the chance to reunite with her parents until the Fall, she is meeting her uncle and sister in a few short weeks.

Mika Cheesman’s Parents | Inside Edition

A video about the case from Inside Edition can be seen below…

Needless to say, people’s hearts were warmed by the story…

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We can’t wait for the new family photos come September!

H/T: Inside Edition


Written by Dana Levinson

Dana Aliya Levinson is an actress, writer, and trans activist. She graduated with honors from the New School where she wrote extensively about political and ethnic identity in the middle-east. She was a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has written about politics and trans issues for The Huffington Post, Women's Health, Nylon, and The Notice Blog.