Real Name: Unrevealed
Case: Lost Child
Location: Pomona, California
Details: Sixty-three-year-old W.B. "Mac" McDonald is searching for his child, whom he was forced to abandon after his girlfriend's mother threatened to file rape charges against him. Mac's story began in Pomona, California, in 1948, when he was twenty; he fell in love with sixteen-year-old Mary Helen Carr, his neighbor. One day, Mary approached Mac, talking about his motorcycle. Mac asked if she wanted to go for a ride, but she said that her mother would forbid her, especially since Mac was four years older than her. However, a few days later, when Mary's mother was not at home, the two went on a motorcycle ride and began a discrete relationship. Then, one day, Mary's mother caught the couple together and Mac felt he had no choice but to leave. He went to the oil fields of Texas where he found work in Houston.
Three weeks later, Mary ran away from home to join him in Houston. She called him from a bus station and Mac immediately picked her up. The next day, Mac and Mary, posing as husband and wife, found an apartment in Houston. The two were very happy together and planned to spend their lives together. One month later, however, a friend called Mac and told him that the police were on their way to the apartment. Mary's mother had pressed statutory rape charges against Mac. He fled the scene just seconds before the police arrived to arrest him. Mary was taken back to California; Mac kept driving until he left Texas.
A year passed; Mac returned to California to take a new job. One evening, he and a friend stopped at a drive-in restaurant in Long Beach. Mac was shocked to find Mary as a waitress there. Mary told Mac to come visit him at her apartment when she got off work. Shen then dropped the bombshell that they had a child, who was at the apartment. Later that evening, Mac arrived at the apartment and was shocked to find Mary's mother holding their child. Mac believed that the meeting was a set-up and that the police were coming, again, to arrest him.
Mac finally held his child, but was still afraid that the police were coming to arrest him. At the time in California, statutory rape was punishable by up to thirty years in prison. Mac stayed for less than five minutes; he never even knew if the child was a boy or a girl. Mac now realizes that he made a huge mistake and that he should have stayed behind for his child. Today, as a result of Mac's success, he has a substantial estate, worth over one million dollars, that he wants to leave his child when he passes away.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the January 15, 1992 episode. The reunion for this case is considered to be one of the more heartbreaking and awkward of the "Lost Love" cases.
Results: Solved. As a result of the broadcast, Mac learned that he has a forty-three-year-old daughter named Sherry Blackman, who is married with two children. The viewer who called Unsolved Mysteries was Sherry's mother, Mary Helen Carr. Sherry had been raised by a loving and caring stepfather, so it was difficult for her to come to terms that she had a biological father that wanted to be a part of her life.
One week after the broadcast, Mac arrived at Sherry's home in Denver, Colorado, where he was reunited with his daughter Sherry. Although Sherry felt that the situation was quite emotionally traumatic, in the end, she was more than willing to have Mac included in her life.
Sadly, "Mac" McDonald died on April 11, 2017 in Reno, Nevada. In his obituary, Sherry is not named among his survivors.