On January 1, Rachel Rydbeck made a Facebook search post in hopes of finding her sister who was adopted at birth. She got the idea from a friend who found a missing relative using social media. Rydbeck was in shock when the post went completely viral. It has been shared more than thousands of times.

Her mother, Karen Deckrow, was attending college in 1969. She made the really tough decision to place her child for adoption. She gave birth on May 25 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She named the baby girl Rita Marie Campbell. The adoption was closed, so she was not given any type of information about the adoptive family. She doesn’t even know if they were locals or if they live far away. The only thing she does remember that could be useful is that her baby girl had unusually bright blue eyes. That was one of the few memories kept.

Deckrow went on to have five more children. They all decided as a family it was time to look for her. Rydbeck says, “We consider her to be a part of our family even though we’ve never met her. We know she is our blood and somebody we would like to meet.”

Her sister, Kylie Mannard, found out about the adoption when she was about ten years old, but she didn’t understand the full weight of her mother’s decision until she had kids of her own. Deckrow says, “That bond is there, that love is there, that hope is there. I mean she could be a grandma. I could have more grandkids than the 15 I have.”

The family has received lots of tips about how to further their search. Deckrow has also completed an AncestryDNA test.

If you have any info, please contact Rachel Rydbeck at rachryd@gmail.com.