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Woman reunited with family 23 years after abduction

by Jorge Hernandez on January 20, 2011

A woman who went missing 23 years ago, when she was only three weeks old, was reunited with her biological parents last Friday, bringing to an end one of the most confounding missing persons case in the last several decades. The reunion vindicated decades of suspicion for Carlina White, who had believed for some time that she was an outsider in the family that raised her , The New York Times reports.

In 1987, White's biological parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson, brought her to Harlem Hospital for treatment to quell a fever when she was just 19 days old. Just two hours after she was admitted she disappeared from the pediatrics ward, and although police were suspicious of a mysterious woman who had been seen lingering in a nurse's uniform, they were never able to confirm their suspicions.

After she was abducted, investigators say she was taken to Connecticut and then Georgia, where she has been living for the past 23 years. However, White said she always felt out of place in her family because of her appearance, which was starkly different than the people claiming to be her parents. As her concerns grew, she looked through the website of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, where she recognized herself. She then called her biological mother, and a DNA test later confirmed her identity.

Although she has been finally been reunited with her biological parents, police are still trying to determine who it was that took her in the first place.

"Obviously the missing-person aspect of it is closed, but the abduction part of it is not," police spokesman Paul J. Brown told the news source. "We have our suspicions of who may be responsible, but not enough probable cause to permit an arrest."

Neither White nor her family could be reached for comment after they reunited, but she indicated on Twitter that she plans to move to New York.  

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