Mum And Daughter Reunited After 20 Years Through Facebook Search

A mum has been reunited with her daughter after 20 years after she recognised they looked alike in a photograph on Facebook.

Social workers had decided Kayleigh Marie Watts, now 22, would be better off with foster carers when she was just two years old after her mum Sarah Mowbray, 41, struggled to cope as a teenage mother.

But the mum longed to see her child again and despite the fact she didn't know her surname, where she lived or what she looked like she simply typed in 'Kayleigh Marie' into the Facebook search bar.

Hundreds of results were brought up from around the world but as Sarah scrolled down the list, she saw a girl who looked uncannily similar to her when she was the same age.

Nervously, Sarah sent a friend request and got chatting to Kayleigh via the social networking site in November last year.

And within a few days of talking online delighted Sarah received one message simply stating: "Mum!"

Last week the mother and daughter met each other for the first time since 1995 – just in time for Mother's Day.

Sarah, from Malvern, Worcestershire, said she never gave up hope of finding her daughter one day despite drawing a blank for almost two decades.

She told her local paper: "I'm over the moon to have my daughter back in my arms. I now can hopefully be the mum I always wanted to be. I didn't know her surname so I typed in the name Kayleigh Marie and hundreds of people came up as results.

" I thought there's no chance of finding her here. But I kept going through and eventually one person came up who looked a spitting image of me when I was younger.

"I sent her a friend request and didn't really think anymore of it after that because it was such a long shot.

"But the following morning she accepted my friend request and we started chatting over Facebook. "I told her I was missing my daughter and wanted to find her and before I knew it I got a message back from her just saying: 'Hi mum'.

"We had been searching for each other but were putting in the wrong names. I never forgot her. I was devastated when I had to give her up. I never wanted to let her go but I knew deep down I would see her again."

Kayleigh, a care worker, from Throckmorton near Evesham in Worcestershire, said she always wondered about her biological mother and was delighted when she finally got to meet her.

She also found out she had a half-brother Daniel, 17, and is now enjoying regularly catching up with her new-found family.

She said: "It has been very emotional, it's taken me six months to pluck up the courage to meet her."