After being abducted as a baby, she’s finally reunited with her family!
One can only imagine the fear that rises from within upon discovering that your entire life has been a lie and that who you thought you were, is not who you really are. Sadly, Smonique Smith-Person has had to spend two decades trying to find her real name after discovering she had been abducted as a baby!
For the past twenty years Smonique Smith-Person has been on a long journey to trying to put the pieces of her life puzzle together. Overlooking scraps of pictures of a life that was not truly her own. According to Smith-Person, the woman who claimed to be her mother falsified documents to enroll her in school and even give her a fake social security number.
It wasn’t until she applied for a business license as an adult that she discovered her life was all a lie.
“I’ve been a Jane Doe since 1967,” Smith-Person stated. “My sister told me the last time she saw me I was a year old. One day she saw me, the next day she didn’t and that was over 50 years ago. It’s like I’ve been living in captivity for over 50 years and now I’m finally free!”
There were tears of joy during her recent reunion after 50 years in the making. After sharing her story in a documentary and decades of work to find her real name, Symbolie; Smonique found her real family and reunited with her big sister this recently.
“She’s amazing,” stated Smith-Person. “She’s loud, energetic, big smile just like me.”
Smith-Person said it’s a dream come true. After decades of closed doors and a childhood filled with emotional, physical and sexual abuse, the final puzzle piece is in place.
Sadly she discovered her biological mom had passed away decades ago. She also learned she has six siblings and it was her big sister who had also been looking for her as well all these years.
“To find out, that out of all the children I’m the one who favors my mom,” Smith-Person explained while getting emotional, “to think all these years I’ve been looking for my mother. I’m staring into the mirror at the woman who birthed me.”
Smith-Person’s story is being told through her documentary and a book that she is working on. While feeling relief from the long search, she continues to be an advocate for missing children and is working to change the policy in Baltimore where she grew up. Smith-Person said her story proves that you should never give up hope on a missing child because that missing kid may still be out there.
All images courtesy of Smonique Smith-Person