SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A mother and daughter have reunited after almost 70 years apart. The journey started when the 69-year-old daughter, living in Vermont, took an Ancestry DNA test.
Genevieve Purinton was only 18-years-old and not married when she gave birth to a baby girl in Indiana back in 1949.
She said to people working at the hospital, "I want to see the baby," and they told her, "She died."
Purinton didn't know her baby, renamed Connie, was actually taken to an orphanage. A family in Southern California later adopted Connie Moultroup. She grew up and eventually moved to Richmond, Vermont.
"I've looked my whole life trying to find my mother. It was just always a dream I had. That someday I would meet her and I never in a million years thought it would happen," Moultroup said.
Meanwhile, more than 1,400 miles away in Tampa, Purinton had a hysterectomy because of a tumor. She never had more children.
Moultroup's daughter, Bonnie, helped her mother track down some distant relatives through Ancestry DNA.
"One of those relatives is a first cousin. And I said, that my mother's name was this, was Genevieve Mitch. And she said, 'Oh, that's my aunt,' and, 'Oh, by the way, she's still alive,' and I was floored," Moultroup said.
Purinton was skeptical at first. "When she told me the last name, I knew it was her. People said, 'It's not a scam?' I said, 'No, it isn't," she said.
The mother and daughter reunited at Purinton's Tampa apartment on Monday.
"I went right up to her, gave her a big hug and started balling," Moultroup said.