Police Find Missing Mother After 42 Years

| by Sheena Vasani
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Police finally found an Indiana woman in March after she had been missing for 42 years.

Lula Gillespie-Miller, 69, was found living in Texas under an alias after she left her family in 1974 upon giving birth to her third child at 28, NBC News reports.

The mom "felt she was too young to be a mother at the time and signed her children over to her parents," the police statement read.

She initially moved to Tennessee before re-locating again to Texas. Reports indicate she has lived there since the 1990s.

Yet it appears she has missed her children. Gillespie-Miller allowed the detective who tracked her down to pass her contact details to her daughter, Tammy.

"Thanks to the hard work of Indiana State Police Detective Sergeant Scott Jarvis, this Easter weekend, Tammy Miller hopes to make contact with the mother she has never known," the statement read.

It also looks like her children may not bear a grudge against her, despite the fact the last time they heard from her was through a letter she sent in 1975.

"The daughters I'm in touch with are excited. They were 2 or 3 years old when their mom left," State Police Detective Sgt. Scott Jarvis said, reports the Indianapolis Star. "They're excited about the possibility of finding her for closure, but they don't have their hopes up. It's still just a possibility right now."

She’s not the first missing person to be found and capture national attention recently.

Detective says actress Olivia Newton-John’s former boyfriend, 59-year-old Patrick McDermott, has allegedly been found in Mexico after he had been missing for eleven years, the National Post reports.

He reportedly works and lives in an isolated Mexican fishing village, and is rumored to be there with a German girl.

“It’s rumored he was with a German national. I spoke to people there. The girl he was traveling with was described as having a German accent,” Investigator John Nazarian said.

Meanwhile, Newton-John married John Easterling, her second husband, eight years ago.

Sources: NBC News, Indianapolis StarNational Post / Photo credit: Indiana State Police via NBC News