VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The moment gave Katey Bennett goosebumps.
Scrolling through the pictures on Amanda Dunford’s Facebook page, Bennett saw herself with people she didn’t know, in places she’d never been. Days before, she had never even heard of Dunford. Now she was staring at a face identical to her own.
Then a message popped up.
It was Dunford.
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“We’re sisters,” it read. “Twin sisters.”
DNA testing had brought the 33-year-olds together for the first time since they were adopted as babies by different families.
For Dunford, a Navy chief stationed in Virginia Beach, it ended years of wondering, guessing and agonizing about where her sister was, who she was, or if she was still alive.
“My parents told me when I was 7 or 8 that I had a twin sister,” Dunford said.
Bennett, who works at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California, was shocked. She had no clue she had a twin.
“I always wondered about things,” Bennett said, like her birth parents and whether she had any siblings. “But I just can’t imagine what the years must have been like for Amanda, knowing but not knowing. This is such a relief for her.”
The two were dropped off at a Seoul, South Korea orphanage as infants. Bennett was adopted within weeks, while Dunford stayed until she was 2. Bennett grew up in Los Angeles, Dunford in Arizona.
But a trip to the doctor by Dunford, coincidental 23andMe’s Ancestry Service DNA tests, and a huge stroke of luck changed both their worlds.
Dunford was getting a routine medical procedure done, but didn’t have any background information for the medical forms. She used the genetic tests — which reveal health and ancestry information — to get a few answers. Meanwhile, months later, Bennett and her adopted parents all decided to take the test just out of curiosity.
“I wanted to know how Korean I was,” Bennett said. “Turns out it’s…