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Facebook friend was long-lost mum

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

By EVA JONES

Sarah and  Kayleigh Marie

Sarah and Kayleigh Marie

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A delighted mum has been reunited with her daughter after almost 20 years apart after she recognised they looked alike in a photograph on Facebook.

Sarah Mowbray, 41, only found daughter Kayleigh Marie Watts, 22, because her profile photograph was the spitting image of her at the same age.

Incredibly, she did not know her surname, where she lived or what she looked like and the uncanny picture was the only link she could make.

The full-time carer had simply typed in 'Kayleigh Marie' into a Facebook search bringing up hundreds of results from across the globe.

But it wasn't until she scrolled down and saw a striking likeness of herself as young woman staring back up at her that she thought she might have struck gold.

She sent a friend request and got chatting to Kayleigh via the social networking site in November last year.

And within a few days of talking online delighted Sarah received one message simply stating: "Mum!"

Last week the mother and daughter met each other for the first time since 1995 – just in time for Mother's Day.

Sarah, from Malvern, Worcestershire, said she never gave up hope of finding her daughter one day despite drawing a blank for almost two decades.

She said: "I'm over the moon to have my daughter back in my arms. I now can hopefully be the mum I always wanted to be. I didn't know her surname so I typed in the name Kayleigh Marie and hundreds of people came up as results. I thought there's no chance of finding her here.

"But I kept going through and eventually one person came up who looked a spitting image of me when I was younger.

"I sent her a friend request and didn't really think anymore of it after that because it was such a long shot.

"But the following morning she accepted my friend request and we started chatting over Facebook.

"I told her I was missing my daughter and wanted to find her and before I knew it I got a message back from her just saying: "Hi mum."

"We had been searching for each other but were putting in the wrong names. I never forgot her. I was devastated when I had to give her up. I never wanted to let her go but I knew deep down I would see her again."

Social workers had decided Kayleigh would be better off with foster carers when she was just two-years-old after Sarah struggled to cope as a teenage mother.

Kayleigh, a care worker, from Throckmorton near Evesham in Worcestershire, said she always wondered about her biological mother and was delighted when she finally got to meet her. She also found out she had a half-brother Daniel, 17, and is now enjoying regularly catching up with her new-found family.

She said: "It has been very emotional, it's taken me six months to pluck up the courage to meet her."

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