Terris christie derby

Real Name: Unrevealed
Case: Lost Family
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Date: October 2, 1961


Details: Terris Christie Derby is searching for her birth family after she was abandoned in a car as an infant. On the evening October 2, 1961, the Betcher family was leaving Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, when their son Alan noticed a baby in the back of the car. At first, his parents thought he was joking, but they soon saw the baby for themselves. The baby was no more than seventy-two hours old and weighed eight-and-a-half pounds.
Local papers called the girl "Baby Girl X". She lived in foster homes for five-and-a-half months before she was adopted by William and Mary Lou Christie of Tallahassee. They named her Terris, "Terri" for short. She always knew she was adopted, but it wasn't until she was a teenager that she asked her adoptive parents about her birth family. Her adoptive mother Mary Lou was reluctant to tell her the truth, but she eventually told her what had happened. After going to the library, they found several articles about her abandonment.
She believed that her mother probably was scared and cared for her because she left her in a place that she would be found safe. She is now thirty-two-years-old and is the mother of two young children. Terri wants to learn about her past and her real family.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the February 2, 1994 episode.

  • (from left to right) Paul, Cecelia, Terri, and Phillip reunited
  • Edith Campbell

Results: Solved. As a result of the broadcast, Terri learned that her biological mother, Edith Campbell, had passed away on August 7, 1993. She learned that Edith was in a dire financial situation and was forced to abandon her. However, she learned that she had a sister and three brothers, and was reunited with Phillip, Paul, and Cecelia, on July 8, 1993, in Miami, Florida. The next day, she was reunited with her third brother, Chris.
Terri later re-married and took the last name "Grimes". Sadly, she passed away in 2011 at the age of forty-nine. She was survived by her four siblings.

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