When an employee at Burger King in Allentown, Pennsylvania went to work, the last thing he would expect to be doing would be finding a newborn baby in the bathroom.
However, this is what he found himself doing, when he heard the cries of a newborn baby coming from the bathroom, he found the tiny tot bundled in a jumper in the corner of the room.
The emergency services were rushed in to make sure the baby girl was well. She was then taken into care, meanwhile the hunt to find her birth mother began. Unfortunately for the little girl, the child development officers were all she had at the time.
The worker who found the baby took the time to re-enact his discovery to a TV crew. He said that he had heard the child crying from the bathroom, so he went in, but didn’t expect to find what he did.
The paramedics had taken the baby into hospital, they had admitted that they were all well and truly captivated by her. One of the ambulance officers had said how beautiful the little baby was. They also said that they were “sure whoever gave her up is having a very hard time right now.”
This happened more than 30 years ago, on September 15, 1986. The child attracted nationwide fame as the “Burger King Baby.” After interviews with locals in the area, searching all of the surroundings for fingerprints and a thorough search of the area, they were never able to find her mother.
The baby was adopted by a local couple, as hopes of finding her birth mother rapidly faded. The adopted parents were Brenda and Carl Hollis, who brought her up as their own. However, Brenda knew that the child, who they named Katheryn, would one day need to find her mum, but she wasn’t going to stand in the way.
When Katheryn turned 12, her parents eventually decided to tell her about her real mother. They showed her a scrapbook of photographs and newspaper articles that they had collected. All of the clippings pieced together what had happened at the beginning of Katheryn’s rocky life.
As they had expected, from that moment on, Katheryn felt like she needed to find her biological mother. In an interview with the Today show, she said “You just wonder where you come from. I would never want to replace my adopted family, but being adopted, a part of you is missing and unless you’ve been adopted, you really just don’t understand that.”
Katheryn continued with her life, beginning a career in medicine as a technician. She also married and had three children herself, all the while she had the nagging desire to find the mother she never knew. By the age of 27, in 2014, she sought the help of the world’s greatest detective… social media.