Woman finds biological family after decades

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Friday, March 29, 2019
News 12 First at Five

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Never did Beth Johnson think she'd stumble upon her biological family. Now she's finally getting answers.

“The journey is searching, searching, and searching and searching,” said Beth Johnson, who found her biological family.

Over thirty years to be exact. She's 53 now and was adopted when she was two. Never in a million years did she think she'd stumble upon her biological family.

"You know you fantasize, you think about, you dream about who you look like, you know why didn't they want me," said Johnson.

Documents upon documents, through research and the help of ancestry.com, she began to get answers.

"I have folders full of stuff where I've searched, I've researched children's hospitals in North Carolina but, never in a million dreams did I think I was born in a prison and I found it very humorous. Now I say if ever were to get a tattoo I'd put jail baby on my buttocks," said Johnson as she laughed.

Just last Sunday she got the call she'd been waiting for.

"You don't think you're going to wake up and as she says find out you have a baby sister, I mean how shocking. You know you see these things in movies but, these things don't happen to us but it happened," said Johnson.

Her mom died a year ago but this weekend these pictures will come to life as she meets her mom's biological family.

Yet she tells News 12 there's still one missing piece to this puzzle.

"Now it would be who's my dad, who's your daddy," said Johnson as she laughed.

There are still a lot of unanswered questions but Beth hopes her story encourages those who don't know their biological families to continue to search.