Real Names: Unknown
Case: Lost Family
Location: Miami, Florida
Date: May 15, 1964
Details: Monica Libao was raised as the daughter of Pablo and Burma Libao with two older sisters. Frustrated by her family's nomadic lifestyle, she began to suspect that they were not her real family. Strange circumstances included her always missing school picture day and moving a total of twenty-nine times within just fifteen years.
Her suspicions were confirmed when Monica discovered at sixteen that Burma had a total hysterectomy in 1945, fifteen years before she was born. Therefore, Burma could not be her real mother. Monica confronted her with this information, and she told her that her real mother was in fact one of her elder daughters, who would have been nineteen when Monica was born. She was surprised, but she believed Burma at first.
Monica later found her birth certificate which was largely incomplete; it did not list a hospital, address or doctor and said she was born in Chicago in the 1960s. It had also been filed when she was seven, not when she was born. Finally, her social security number turned out to belong to her father.
She met with the sister who Burma claimed was her biological mother who consequently told her that Burma was lying. Her sister said that her real mother had sold her to Burma for the fare of a bus ticket, and was "trash." She also said that the Libaos had paid a lawyer $2,000 to make a fake birth certificate. In 1990, Monica contacted Illinois Judge Jean Scott, in hopes of finding adoption records. She told her that she could not find any records about her from the 1960s.
In spite of her wondering about her past, Monica settled down, married, and raised a family. During a rare family get together several years later, she asked Burma about the story she was told by her sister. A heated argument ensued, with things like lying to the police, roadblocks, and hiding a baby in a cardboard box being brought up by Burma and her daughter. Monica has since been forced to realize that her parents constant moving may have been their flight from the law.
Pablo and Burma have both since passed away without revealing the truth about Monica's real family. Recently, her half-sister left her husband of twenty-five years and is no longer in contact with any relatives. Monica is hoping to find her again in order get DNA testing done.
Tragically, Monica's husband passed away in 1998 at the age of thirty-one. She is still hoping to find the truth about her past. The only clues to her past is a uniquely shaped lobe on her left ear and that she might have been kidnapped in Miami, Florida in 1963 or 1964.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the June 21, 2002 episode.
Results: Unresolved. According to WebSleuths.com, Monica has compared her case with that of several abduction cases, including Elizabeth Ann Gill, who was last seen the afternoon of June 13, 1965, in her front yard in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. However, a later DNA test proved that despite their similarities, they were not the same girl.
Monica later had DNA tests conducted with her half-sister and other relatives; they confirmed that she was not biologically related to the Libaos. In 2015, she had her DNA submitted to CODIS, along with several ancestry websites. She has been able to locate several biological cousins, however, they are distant relatives who have no memory of her. She is still searching for her birth parents.
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