I was stolen from my traveller family when I was 4 – I never knew

A MUM has told how she was stolen from her traveller family when she was four-years-oldand was only reunited 50 بعد سنوات.

Young Susan Gervaise, born Susan Preece was nabbed by another family who said they were taking her on a two week يوم الاجازة في 1969.

Susan Gervaise found out her parents were not her parents at age 16

Susan Gervaise found out her parents were not her parents at age 16الإئتمان: موقع التواصل الاجتماعي الفيسبوك
She was stolen from her family at age four and taken to Australia

She was stolen from her family at age four and taken to Australiaالإئتمان: موقع التواصل الاجتماعي الفيسبوك
She reunited with her biological family in Pontefract last month

She reunited with her biological family in Pontefract last monthالإئتمان: موقع التواصل الاجتماعي الفيسبوك

Susan had been living in Pontefract, يوركشاير with her mum, brothers and sisters when she was offered to go on the trip of a life-time to فلوريدا.

Her name was added to the other family’s passport and she left with her birth certificate.

However instead of Florida she was taken to كندا, and then Australia where she has lived ever since.

قالت Wakefield Gazette: “I was told I was adopted but never really thought much about it; I was happy.”

شرحت: “We went to New Zealand and I didn’t need a passport to get into the country, but when it came to returning to Australia, I did.

I applied, but I needed a signature from my mother or father – that’s when dad told me they didn’t adopt me, I had been stolen.

She stayed in New Zealand for three years until she could apply for a passportbefore returning to Australia at 19.

There she married Hamilton and the pair now have three kids and four granddaughters.

في 21 the man she knew as her dad died. Meanwhile her mum died when she was just seven.

لكن, تقريبا 10,000 على بعد أميال, the search for Susan never ended in Pontefract.

Susan’s niece, Emma Mcfadyen, قالت: “It was said that Susan’s mother did go out looking for her over the years, but with no luck.

“After she died, there were so many questions that remained unanswered.

“Things were different back then. There was no paper trail, no police report.”

But Susan had no idea she had a loving British family searching for her.

قالت: “The difficulty was that because I had dad’s surname, then my husband’s, they didn’t know what name to search.

It wasn’t until I was talking to a woman who was adopted and she asked me, ‘Wouldn’t you like to know what [your family] are feeling?’ It was like a lightbulb moment.

They were reunited when Hamilton posted a message on a Pontefract Facebook page.

داخل 90 الدقائق, Susan’s family was found.

قالت: “I told them that travellers stole me, but I also married one. I was able to tell them I had such a spoiled life. I was very well looked after.”

Last month saw an emotional reunion when Susan and Hamilton flew to the UK.

قالت إيما: “We never thought it would happen . It’s been amazing – especially for my mum. She has Parkinsons and dementia, so it’s amazing that she’s been reunited with her sister before she deteriorates. She’s now complete.

Susan added: “It gives a message to anyone who has lost someone that miracles do happen.