What would you do if you found out one day that your entire life had been a lie and your family weren’t who you thought they were?
This is the exact situation one woman from the US, claims to have found herself in when she was just 26-years-old.
The unnamed woman, who is now 42, shared her shocking story in a TikTok video under the username @thebeardedmom.
The clip, which has gone viral, being watched hundreds of thousands of times, was captioned: “How I learned I had been kidnapped.”
In it, the woman explains that she had discovered her mum wasn’t her biological mother and had been trying to find out more about the person who gave birth to her when she found out the truth.
She says: “I think I was 26-years-old, I was in a healthy place for the first time and I was preparing to get married and I had two children.
“I assumed that the fastest way to track my biological mother down would be to seek out a criminal record for her.
“I don’t know what compelled me to call the sheriff’s department in the city that I was born, it just seemed to make sense at the time. I called the sheriff’s department, I gave them the information that I have, the sheriff became extremely interested in who I was, my personal information and after a few minutes of having that conversation about who I was he asked me to please sit down, he had something to tell me.
“I sat down, he told me he couldn’t find any information about my mother, but that I was a missing person.”
The woman continued: “I had been [missing] since 1980.
“There was a police investigation I could not access because the records had been archived, but I had been kidnapped.
“So yeah, tough day.”
In a series of 15 other videos, she fully explained the story behind her kidnapping, what it was like to meet her birth mother for the first time (spoiler alert: it did not go well) and how everything worked out in the end.
She claims that when she was a baby, her birth mum sold her to the family that she grew up with, her ‘kidnappers’.
Her grandmother had no idea about the sale and reported the child missing to the police and her birth mother even pretended to go along with it – hence why people thought she had been kidnapped.
People were on the edge of their seats as she told the story, with one person commenting: “The police had THE gossip for you.”
Another wrote: “Oh no honey, we are all invested now. I can’t imagine what you were going through… it’s like 26 years had been a lie. My prayers are with you.”
Someone else replied: “That was an amazing story. You told it so well. I’m so impressed by your handle on relationship dynamics and yourself. Thank you!”
A different user added: “I’m so sorry that happened to you but I’m glad that you’re ok!”