Mother finds missing son after 50 years

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

DENISON, Tex. - A woman in Germany has been looking for her son since he was taken from her 50 years ago. Now she's finally found him in Denison, Texas. But for most of those years, she never even knew he'd been adopted. Mystic Matthews is here to explain why.

Imagine coming home one day from work to find your two-year-old gone and having no idea who has taken him and no idea why. That did happen to one mother, but lucky for her, this story has a happy ending.

Irmgard Walter is talking in German about being reunited with her son, Rick Potter, after 50 years. Potter was adopted by Jesse and Hilda Potter, who were in Germany while Jesse served in the Air Force, and took Rick back to the states.

Mr. Potter says, “He just brought him over to us. I didn't know, he didn't say I got him from here or there. We just went right on. I raised him like a normal kid."

Rick has a sister, Linda, who was also adopted in Germany. She was left at the hospital where her mom gave birth. Both adoptions were legal according to German law, but the family didn't know Rick was essentially taken from his mother.

Mr. Potter says, “I told her if I had known at the time, I would have taken him back to her. But I didn't know that.”

Rick was raised in Denison, Texas. He says, “I was content. I grew up where I was supposed to. I was where I needed to be.”

He was always curious about his biological mother, but never dreamed she would find him.

Mr. Potter says, “I felt real glad and happy she found him. I never hid the fact they were adopted.”

But Irmgard never gave up looking for the son taken from her so suddenly in 1957. She says, “I’m so happy I found him."

About eight years ago, Irmgard decided to intensify the search for her son by hiring an attorney. And in September of last year, the Potter family received a letter from an adoption agency in Germany asking about Rick.

Rick says, “Linda called and said they got a letter from an adoption agency that wanted to know if my biological mother could contact me. I said, 'What?'"

So last month, Rick flew to Germany to meet his biological mother for the first time, and just last week, they both came to Denison.

Irmgard says, “It was hard on one side and better on the other side. But I do the best to make it. I'm very happy I found my son.”

To this day, no one knows why Rick was originally taken from his home. But the entire family is more than happy they were finally reunited.

Rick's sister, Linda, has still not found her biological parents, but continues to search.


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  • by Mom Location: Ok on Apr 22, 2008 at 03:41 PM
    Actually this happens to a lot of people throughout the world. People get paid by an adoption agency to bring them a child. The unsuspecting American parents pay an adoption fee and bring a child to the states who has been stolen from his/her parents.
  • by WhipperSnapper on Apr 22, 2008 at 01:05 PM
    I guess KXII wants to keep their story unique so they wont post my comments about this story, Thats fine,keep it all hunky dory
  • by tami Location: ardmore on Apr 22, 2008 at 11:51 AM
    Somebody knows more than they are telling. This is not all the story. You just don't come home and your son is gone. There had to be some time, before he was adopted. Or was he stolen by the people.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008 at 08:48 AM
    Congratulations! I also have a very "unique" family with steps and adoption and halves. The more the merrier! We are all so happy to be together. I hope the same for this family and that Linda finds her "other" family as well.
  • by Sherman Location: Sherman on Apr 22, 2008 at 07:23 AM
    I am one also that found my birthmother after 50 years and it too, was a happy reunion for both sides, and we still stay in touch and have for several years. I know some people try to do this then find they were better off not knowing for years.But when you end up with two sets of wonderful families, siblings, and such, it's a great feeling to be wanted & loved by so many.
  • by mamma Location: fannin on Apr 22, 2008 at 07:20 AM
    I know its a bitter sweet ending we have 3 adopted children of our own.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008 at 06:35 AM
    This was the most confusing story when it aired last night! The writers had it written to confuse. I think the mom knows more than she's admitting. Anyway, yaay for them.
  • by Anonymous Location: Oklahoma on Apr 21, 2008 at 11:53 PM
    aww.. yay!
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