Family meets for first time after 50 years of searching, with help of DNA test

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Published on July 2, 2019 -

Family meets for first time after 50 years of searching, with help of DNA test

July 2 is a day Levaniel McMurray, 72, will always remember. McMurray headed to the Dane County Regional Airport from his home in Westfield Tuesday morning, anxiously waiting to meet his daughter and son for the first time.


Family meets for first time after 50 years of searching, with help of DNA test

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Imagine going your entire life not knowing your biological parentand then finding one of them after 50 years of searching.

That's exactly what happened to one family who met for the first time this afternoon at the dane county airport.

And our jamie perez was there to capture the emotional moment on camera.

Bring out the tissues.

Their story is incredible and i'm so happy everyoneets to see this moment on our newscast because this is a family reunion like no other.

July 2, 2019 is a day levaniel mcmurray will always remember.

"it's been over 50 years.

It's about time.

They've been looking for me all this time."

Levaniel is about to meet his kids that he never knew he had for the first time.

"i just don't know what to expect.

I'm looking forward to it though."

Having never met before, levaniel only has these photos he got just weeks ago to go off of... "this is her when she was youger.

This is her daughter.

Her daughter is in the navy and she's been in the navy for 13 years.

That's her again at her beauty salon.

That's her granddaughter.

This is her brother and his family."

When levaniel was about 18 years old, he went overseas to serve in vietnam.

While he was there, he was involved with a woman who became pregnant.

Levaniel never knew she was expecting and they never kept in contact.

The kids-- who are twins-- were given up for adoption by the mother when they were three days old.

Fifty years later... they are all meeting in person for e first time.... nats meeting this is what it looks like to not know your real father for decades.

To embrace each other forhe first time.

Nats ty and her brother have lived with adoptive families their whole lives.

Ty says she grew up with one loving family.

Her brother there on the left went through about five families.

Ty and her brother were able to connect with each other when they were 26 years old... "i found him because i came into this country.

1990 i came here.

In 1997 i went home.

He stopped by the orphanage just visiting at the same time i did."

Like it was meant to be.

It took several more decades and an account with ancestry.com for ty to link up with her biological father.

"they told me to look for my father and i never thought my father was still alive" "my brother, down in atlanta, he was on facebook and they had hooked up on facebook and then she called me" a phone call that would forever change this milies lives "it's so exciting.

I'm very excited because i never had a family.

But now, god has given me a big family."

A big family.

One they will spend the rest of their lives getting to know... i love you.

I'm so happy.

I'm so happy right now.

This is my dad right now.

I have a daddy.

I got a daddy.

Levaniel, ty and her brother, tam all have families of their own.

They plan on having more reunions where everyone can meet in the future.

Ty said she is still looking for her mom.

She knows her name but was never able to track her do like she was with the rest of her family.

But was never able to track her happy.

I'm so happy right now.

This is my dad right now.

I have a daddy.

I got a daddy.

Levaniel, ty and her brother, tam all have families of their own.

They plan on having more reunions where everyone can meet in the future.

Ty said she is still looking for her mom.

She knows her name but was never able to track her down like she was with the rest of her family.

Maybe one day she will find her too and have a whole nother family reunion in the future.

Thanks jamie.

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