Woman finds her biological sister after hunt

Sarah Molina Published: September 4, 2004
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HARRAH Judy Ott searched for more than 40 years to find her sister who didn't even know she had a family.

On Friday, Ott, of Harrah, was reunited at Will Rogers World Airport with Elizabeth Gene Larson, who Ott could only remember as 1-year-old Connie Justene.

"I'm used to Connie Justene, Ott said. "I'll just have to get used to a new name.

Ott, now 53, was 8 years old when she, her sister and 5 year-old brother were taken from their mother's custody under a judge's order.

The girls were given to adoptive families; Ott's brother was placed with his biological father but later returned to live with his mother.

"My brother, sister and I were taken away from my biological mother for no reason, she said. "I was almost 9 (years old), so I remember that there was no way that we were abused or neglected or any of that.

The family who adopted her baby sister also changed her name.

Ott said Larson is now living in Washington state with her husband and two children.

"It is really uncanny how much our lives have been along the same lines, Ott said.

Both sisters named one of their daughters Jennifer Lynn, Ott said.

Larson also was told that her biological mother was dead and she had no siblings.

Family reunion

Ott reunited with most of her biological family, including her mother and brother, when she was 16 years old, but she was still unable to locate her only sister.

Ott started working for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services in 1998.

"One of my bosses said, We're going to see if we can find your sister,' she said.

Confidential intermediary Mary Payne was hired by DHS to find Ott's sister, but the case was closed in 2002 after she decided she had exhausted every tool to find Connie Justene.

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