UPDATE: Facebook post helps man locate daughter he hadn't seen in 40 years

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HANOVER, Ind. (WAVE) - UPDATE: It's an almost unimaginable development: Jerry Miller has found his daughter.

We told you only recently that the southern Indiana man had turned to Facebook in an effort to find the daughter he hadn't seen since shortly after her birth nearly 40 years ago. On Friday, we learned Miller had located the woman.

A reunion hasn't taken place yet. We hope to be able to share more on that when it happens.


"40 years is a long time to just show up," said Jerry Miller.

Miller has spent the past 39 years trying to find the daughter he only knew for 40 minutes.

"I'm trying to find my daughter," Miller told us. "I can't... I'm sorry, this is very hard for me."

"She would be 39-years-old," he said, wiping away tears.

"She still was a tiny thing, laying in my arms, I remember. Beautiful baby," Miller said.

His daughter was born on December 4 or 5, 1978 at a Covington, Kentucky hospital.

Miller said his daughter was taken away from him shortly after she was born. A short time later, Miller was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm.

Miller was told by doctors that he wouldn't be able to take care of his newborn daughter after surgery. He said his 17-year-old wife was told she was too young to take care of a baby.

"They said I signed papers, which I never knew that I did," Miller said.

Miller recovered from the 1978 surgery. He separated from his wife but later remarried.

"Gosh, how much more can I stand seeing him like this," said Miller’s current wife, Brenda. She said Miller talked about a hole in his heart that she knew would never be filled.

After trying to penetrate the seal on adoption records, the Millers turned to Facebook.

"If she doesn't see it, I'll probably go to my grave regretting it,” Miller said of the post. He said he’s contemplated his daughter’s current life for all these years.

"Wondering if she's dead or alive, (or) if somebody is taking care of her the right way. There's no way I can go back and be daddy, the diaper changing days are over."

There’s new but cautious hope in the possible success of the Facebook post.

"We can still be family and love each other," Miller said. "If she didn't want that, we can still be friends."

If you have any information about the woman, call the WAVE 3 newsroom at (502) 585-2201.

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