It was a long search that ended in an extremely unexpected way!
By a strange twist of fate, one woman who has been searching for years for her long-lost sister found out she’s just living next door! It sure sounds like a funny movie plot twist but that’s exactly what happened to Hilary Harris.
The 31-year-old woman from Eau Claire, Wisconsin had a sibling named Dawn Johnson from their late father. She has been searching for 7 years and much to her surprise, a woman with the same name moved on the same building.
In 1987, Hilary and her brother Tyler were adopted by Lee and Rochelle Hardy.
Fast forward to 2011, Hilary gave birth to her baby Stella and the childcare worker started searching for her biological parents. Unfortunately, it was later discovered that her father Wayne Clouse had already died back in 2002.
As she browsed through her father’s obituary, she noticed he had two daughters namely Dawn Johnson and Renee Diericks.
Hilary tried searching for them using Facebook but to no avail.
Hilary initially didn’t give it any attention but a few months later, she noticed a package addressed to her neighbor. Dawn’s last name, apparently, was Johnson
Surprised by her discovery, Hilary got in touch with Daen via text message to ask her a few questions – and it turned out she was right. Dawn was indeed her long-lost sister!
Obviously overjoyed, Hilary shared:
“For me, this is 100 percent fate. I was so sad when I discovered my biological father had passed away. But by meeting Dawn, I feel like I have all the answers I will ever need.
“She’s the missing puzzle piece I have been looking for for so many years.
“For me something first clicked in June when I first found out her name was Dawn and she was from Greenwood. My husband and I joked for a few weeks that she was my sister but we didn’t know her last name.
“One day she got a delivery of shingles for her roof and it was addressed to Dawn Johnson, the same name in Wayne’s obituary.
“I began to shake. It was such an intense moment. It was late at night, but I finally got the courage to text her and ask her who her dad was.
“She confirmed it was Wayne.
“I told her we had a lot to talk about and she said, ‘We have the same dad don’t we?’ Ever since then we’ve grown so close.
“When I met my birth mom I thought I would have this tingly feeling and an immediate bond and I didn’t. With Dawn I felt an immediate connection.”
Dawn was likewise thrilled by the unexpected reunion.
“It’s such a weird coincidence. Of all the hundreds of thousands of homes we bought a house that shares a driveway with my sister.
“I was ecstatic and so was my sister Renee. She couldn’t believe it.”
According to a NY Post feature, Hilary and Tyler are planning “to undergo DNA tests to officially confirm” that Dawn and Renee are indeed their siblings.
“We would hope to DNA tests soon but we’re in no rush. My brother has met Dawn and said he would have no problem providing his DNA.”
As for Dawn, she’s just happy to know her now 7-year-old niece.
Said the happy aunt:
“I have become so close to Stella. I only ever had boys so it’s so fun to have a little girl playing in the front yard. Hopefully, my boys will be able to meet the whole family soon.”
Meanwhile, Hilary agreed and added:
“Stella just loves Dawn. She thinks she’s so fun and has loved getting to know her and Kurt.
“I think all our bad luck with weird neighbors finally turned around because I feel so lucky to have found Dawn.”
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