Carolyn Yvonne Ross Jones was born on March 28, 1973, at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. She was three months premature and weighed 1 pound, 10 ounces.
Doctors suspected that Carolyn would not survive. When they told her mother, she walked out of the hospital and never returned. But the strong little girl survived.Carolyn Jones
In an interview with Dearly, Carolyn said police officers initially tried to track down her biological mother based on the information she left on the birth certificate.
When they went to the address she had listed, nobody had heard of a 19-year-old woman named Patricia Ross.
Because police officers couldn’t track down Patricia, Carolyn was brought to Paddington Social Services where she was given a foster home. She was later adopted by her foster parents. The family moved to southern California in 1980.
Now Carolyn is a mother of her own. She lives in Henderson, Nevada, and she married to a man who was also adopted.Carolyn Jones
She told Dearly that she’s known from a young age that she was adopted:
“All of the information I know is from what police officers had told the social worker, who later told my parents when they came to check on me. I also have a copy of my birth certificate that has my mother’s name, her place of birth which was Newcastle Upon Tyne, and her occupation as a waitress.”
She tried to track her mother down a few times over the past four decades — especially 14 years ago when she got a computer after she got married — but she didn’t find any significant leads.
Then, in November 2015, her search was reinvigorated when she saw another adopted person post a video to try to find her biological parents.
Carolyn saw the video and then tried everything to track down her mother. She listed all of her methods during an interview with Dearly:
- Searched on Google, Facebook, and Ancestry.com
- Took two DNA tests
- Contacted an accredited medium
- Reached out to St. Mary’s Hospital
- Contacted Oprah Winfrey, “Unsolved Mysteries,” U.K. television host Jeremy Kyle, and others
- Sent her story to members of the media, including the BBC and a few newspapers
- Created a Facebook Page called “Help Me Find My Birth Mom”
- Wrote more than 221 letters to TV personality Dr. Phil McGraw, but received no response
She noted that she tried contacting the Salvation Army, but the organization no longer provides the service to reconnect families.
Finally, she felt like she was “grasping at straws.” She decided to try one last time to find her mom before she gave it up for good.
With the help of her 14-year-old son, Atlas, she created a video and posted it on Facebook.
In the video, she held up signs with the information she’s collected so far. Carolyn wrote on a few of the signs:
I do not think she knows I am alive.
But here I am waiting, hoping, wishing every day.
This is my LAST shot.
Her name is VERY common in the U.K.
But someone has to know her.
The video was posted on June 14 and has since been viewed nearly 1.5 million times and shared in dozens of countries around the world.Carolyn Jones
Carolyn has received hundreds of messages and a few new leads, including the name of an organization that works to help adopted children find their parents in the U.K.
She told Dearly she was blown away by the response:
“I’d like to say first of all thank the million and a half people who have viewed the video. I’m grateful for all of the private messages and insights from everybody.
I actually started GoFundMe account to get funds to get to the U.K. I was told by people not to do it, but I’m not doing it for money. It’s about continuing my journey and it’s the last step before giving up.”
She said she hopes to visit the U.K. in order to go to the hospital in person. She also wants to stop at a pub that was across the street from where her mom listed her home address; it was previously called the Pelican and there’s still a pub in the same location:
“My belief is that Patricia had to have told someone she was pregnant. Someone out there has to know. It just takes that one person. If somebody knows something, please come forward. You don’t even have to tell me your name.”
What’s driving her forward is her curiosity to learn more about herself and the family she never had the chance to meet.
She told Dearly:
“I’ve always wondered what she looks like, where I get my looks from, and how it’s connected to my medical history. If doctors hadn’t said, ‘Your child is not going to make it,’ would she have come back for me? Do I have brothers and sisters out there? I want to know her story and to tell her mine, too.”
If you have any information regarding a pregnant woman who thought she lost her baby in London or Newcastle in March of 1973, you are encouraged to message Carolyn through her Facebook page.