Father meets daughter for the first time in 39 years

Published: Jul. 9, 2018 at 11:00 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - A father searched nearly four decades for his daughter and on Monday, they finally met.

"I had a daughter back on April 25 of '79, and the mother ran off," said Brian Mossberger. "I haven't seen her since she was about six-months-old."

Brian and his sister, Valerie Howlett, searched high and low for Brianna Wagner after her mother put her up for adoption. They turned to Ancestry.com and little did they know, Brianna was looking for them too.

"When I turned 18, I contacted North Carolina Social Services and they gave me any information that was non-identifying," said Brianna.

Everything changed the day Brian and Valerie realized they found Brianna through DNA.

"She says, 'You're killing me, you've got to call me,'" said Brian. "I just hurried up and called her, and when she told me, I just lost it."

Brianna flew in from New Jersey, where she grew up with her adopted family.  Everyone was nervous, but excited, for the moment they have waited years for.

Brianna has stage-three ovarian cancer but is now fighting with a new support system.

"I have a bonus family now," she said. "I've got two dads."

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