Lesson in LI: Long-Lost Children Rarely Turn Up

By: JENNIFER PELTZ Jennifer Peltz AP Email
By: JENNIFER PELTZ Jennifer Peltz AP Email

NEW YORK (AP) - When Jerry Damman first got news his son may
have been found after vanishing from Long Island more than 50 years
ago, he said that it "was almost too good to believe."

It turned out he was right.

His new hope was dashed when DNA tests revealed the man who
claimed he was the missing boy actually wasn't - an outcome that
didn't surprise law enforcement officials and experts.

They say a storybook ending was a long shot. Past cases show that it's rare that someone purporting to be a long-lost child suddenly comes forward, and rarer still that he or she ultimately proves to be the person who vanished.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children says of the 15 such cases its seen in the last decade, none turned out to be the missing children.

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