Woman searching for long-lost twin after finding surprise in adoption records

Karen Warner recently found out she has a twin brother and is on a mission to meet him. (Photos: WTHR/Karen Warner)
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ELWOOD, Ind. (WTHR) - On the road of life, something about the journey was always missing for 49-year-old Karen Warner.

"There was an emptiness and there still is," said Warner.

When she was five, Warner's mom told her she was adopted.

"In her eyes, I was her baby, even though she didn't give birth to me, I was her baby and I would always be her baby," Warner said.

When state law changed last year unsealing Indiana's adoption records, Warner wanted to know more about her biological mom.

"I went all that time, not knowing my medical history and every time you go to the doctor, they always want to know that," Warner explained.

So she applied to get whatever information was available.

When the paperwork arrived, Warner learned her mom's name and that she'd been 31 when she gave birth.

Warner wasn't ready, though, for what else she found out about the day she was born.

"I looked at the top and I saw twin and I looked again and I kept looking again and I was like, 'Oh my gosh. I have a twin!' And I saw that I was born first at 5:47 a.m., November 18, 1969," said Warner.

When she dug further, she found out more.

"That's when I found out it was a brother, a twin brother, but it didn't give any information or anything," Warner added.

"I seriously started crying. I was like, 'Oh my gosh. I have a brother somewhere and I want to find him,'" she said.

All Warner knows is that she and her twin were born in Anderson.

Her parents told her they had no idea when they adopted her from foster care at three months old, she had a twin.

"My mom, she...my dad also, said that had they known I had a twin that they would have adopted both of us," Warner said.

Now she's on the hunt to find her other half.

"He's my brother. He's my twin," said Warner. "I'm going to find him. It may not be tomorrow or next week, but I feel it's going to be soon."

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