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Published Friday September 25th, 2009 at 12:39am

Original Article by Rachel Johnson

A search for answers led one woman to Aiken, South Carolina.

Born Sept. 21, 1979, at 11:57 p.m. in the Aiken County Hospital, Holly Brown weighed 7 pounds and 9 ounces and was delivered by Dr. Lloyd Daniels.

This is where the mystery and the lifelong search began.

"I grew up knowing at a very young age that I was adopted. My parents, Fred and Susan Brown, are the most loving and giving people that I know, and I have been blessed to have been given such amazing people as parents," said Holly Brown. "They have also been very open with me about how I got here and always encouraged me to search for my birth family. They also have a son, my brother, Freddy, who is adopted as well."

Brown began the search for her birth parents years ago and has been able to trace them back to Aiken County, but the search hasn't been easy.

"I have been looking for my birth mother for as long as I can remember. Even though I grew up with two loving Christian parents, I always felt like a big piece of me was missing, an important piece," said Brown. "After all, I had never met or knew the one person who sheltered me in her womb for nine months and the pain and fear she experienced just to know she was going to have to give me up. She had to be a very loving and nurturing person to make that kind of sacrifice, and to that I will forever be grateful."

Brown would like to share several messages with her mother and desires to do so in person.

"I also want her to know that there hasn't been a day that has gone by that I haven't wondered about her or how she is, and I would love to have the chance to get to know her and thank her for all that she has given me by bringing me into this world. After all, we all have this need to know our heritage, to know who we are and were we came from and without this, you feel an emptiness, a hollow yearning. For many of us adoptees who come from a closed adoption, we just want to be given the chance to know the pieces of our past, so, like a puzzle, we can put them together and finally make one whole piece," Brown said.

Brown has been able to discover that her mother was born in 1960 and was nearly 19 years old when she was born. Her mother graduated from high school in 1978 and was from the Aiken area.

"She was the eldest of four sisters. The second oldest sister was born in 1962 and was in ninth grade, the third eldest was born in 1964 and in eighth grade and the youngest sister was born 1967 and in the sixth grade. She might of also had a brother, but that is unclear in my documents," said Brown. "My birth mother was said to be living with her maternal grandmother at the time of the birth. The birth mother's father is listed as deceased in 1959 due to leukemia but it is unclear if this was my genetic grandfather. The physical description for my mother was she was fair-skinned, hazel eyes and blonde hair. My biological father was 29 years old at the time of my birth. He was over six foot with blonde hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion as well."

If anyone has any information that may lead Brown to her birth parents, call (864) 567-4594.

"I want people to know that not only has being adopted been a personal struggle for me, but for so many out there who struggle emotionally with the issue as well. Everyone has a right to know," Brown said.