For the past 40 years, 63-year-old Al Annunziata had no idea that he had a daughter growing up on the other side of the country. But that all changed when he got a Facebook message this past April.
“It turns out that the person I thought was my half-sister was actually my mom. It was bizarre and I tried to contact her and have a relationship with her when I found out, but she was not ready or willing at the time,” said Jyll, who then began searching for her real father.
Jyll contacted her biological mother, Linda, to start her search. “She told me it could be this guy Al and she said, ‘When I met him, he was bartending at this bar called Neary’s and it was essentially a one night stand. A first name and the bar he worked in — that was all I had to go on. That, and he was Italian.”
Jyll managed to track down the owner of the now closed bar and explained her situation. “I said, ‘I know this is crazy, but do you happen to know a guy named Al that worked for you in 1976, 1977?'” she asked. “He said, ‘Oh, you mean Al Annunziata.'” Jyll found Al on Facebook and sent him a message about who her mother was. “Of all the years this has been going on, it’s been out there as a burning question. It was never resolved. When you’re young and you don’t know, you take things at face value. I believed her mother,” said Al, who believed Linda all those years ago when she told him he wasn’t the father.
On April 24, Al took a paternity test, which came back with a 99.9966 probability that he was Jyll’s father. “I’ve never experienced a happier person in my life,” Jyll said. “He was so excited. He was like, ‘I’m a brand-new father!'” Recently, the two met for the first time and already have plans to spend Christmas together. “I’m never going to let you go, ever,” Al told Jyll. “This is my beautiful daughter.”
“It’s really wild that you didn’t raise somebody but yet they’re very much like you,” Al added. “She’s just a really sweet, caring woman. This just the beginning. I’ll never let her out of my life, ever.”
Watch the entire video below to see the emotional moment this woman meets her father for the first time.
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[Featured image: ABC News/Jyll Justamond]