SCOTIA, N.Y. – A Scotia woman is using social media in an effort to find her "long lost" adopted sister.
For more than 20 years, Denise Plath-Slattery, 39, says she has used every method possible to find her sister Lory Ann and has come up empty handed. Now, she has turned to Facebook as means to try and find her.
"She's the missing piece of the family puzzle," said Denise.
On March 6, 2013, Denise posted a photo to NEWS10 Facebook of herself holding up a sign requesting help finding her sister Lori Ann Plath; since then, that photo's been shared 11,227 times and counting. Denise says she's not sure if Lory spells her name with a "y" or an "i," because it's spelled two ways in state paperwork, but says she'd rather use "y."
"I guess it's had over 10,000 shares so far and it's not even a month yet," said Denise. "I figured some people locally would get it, but I'm getting emails from California to Florida to Canada, so it's amazing, there are a lot of people who want to help someone like me, to help someone they don't even know."
She was surrendered to Albany County Social Services at 14 months old
Denise is the youngest of four sisters. She says she found out she had three older sisters and that they were adopted when she was 12-years-old. She says after looking through a photo album, she confronted her parents.
"They said 'unfortunately we could not financially handle them, or to take care of the burden' and they gave them over to social services," said Denise.
In August 1988, Denise says her second-oldest sister Brenda Lee Hayes found her during a visit to the hospital to see her biological father.
In November 1993, Denise says a social worker helped her to find her oldest sister, Sandra Marie French.
Denise says she has contacted a private investigator, the Department of Health, and even the Supreme Court, but she has not been able to find her sister, Lory. The only information the DOH was able to give her was her sister's date of birth. She says she hopes using social media will lead to a happy ending.
"It just takes that one person to share the picture and she'll say 'Oh, my God, that looks like me,'" said Denise.
Denise's father John Plath passed away in 1988, but her mother Diana (AuClaire) Plath currently lives in Florida. Sisters, Brenda Lee and Sandra Marie, currently have homes in Schenectady.
"We're all hoping to find her," said Denise in a message to Lory. "I'm trying to find you the best way I can, through social media, we love you [Lory]."
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