The daughter of an Indiana woman who was found after being missing for 42 years says they will never have a tear-filled happy reunion.
"I'm angry," Tammy Miller, 45, told People. "This isn't going to be one of those happy, made-for-TV movies."
Indiana State Police told The Associated Press Lula Ann Gillespie-Miller, who went missing in 1974 at the age of 28, thought she was too young to be a mother and signed custody of her three children to her parents in 1974. She then left home.
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Detective Scott Jarvis took the case in 2014 after being contacted by the Doe Network, an organization that helps law enforcement close cold cases, police told the AP. They eventually learned Gillespie-Miller, 69, was living in Texas under a different name.
"I could have fell out of my chair," Tammy Miller told People. "I was shocked."
Tammy told the publication she called her mother last Friday, but her mom had an unexpected reaction.
"It was less than a two minute conversation," Tammy Miller said. "She said, 'I'll call you when I'm able to talk.’”
Tammy Miller said she “will never call her again” because "it felt like being rejected all over again."
"It's almost like going through the grieving process again," Miller says. "I'm glad she's alive, but it hurts emotionally knowing this was her choice."
Despite the non-fairy tale ending, Miller is happy to know what became of her mother.
"I'm going to have a wonderful life," Miller said. "I know it wasn't my fault. It was her loss."