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Melissa Highsmith was kidnapped by a babysitter in 1971 at the tender age of 22 months.

Over the next 51 years, Highsmith's family and the police searched for her without success.

Finally, with the use of DNA technology, her identity was confirmed and she was reunited with her family.

Melissa was living in Fort Worth, Texas under the name Melanie Walden.

Unknown to Melissa, her family had spent years searching for her.

"My heart right now is just full and bursting with so much emotion. I'm just really, really happy."

She plans on changing her name back to Melissa.

In Luke 19:10 we read, Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10)

In Luke 15 Jesus tells the parable of the one lost sheep and when he finds it says, rejoice with me I have found my lost sheep."

Story source: A. KELLER, N. STARLING; NOVEMBER 27, 2022 CBS News

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