Long lost sisters find each other while searching for dad missing for 24 years

Lisa Horner and Rebecca Parton have finally found their dad (Image: Tom Maddick / SWNS)

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A pair of sisters came across each other while searching for their dad online who they then found – along with another sibling.

Lisa McLean, 33, and Rebecca Parton, 24, were trawling social media hoping to find their father David Riggs when they came across one another.

The strangers had spent years separately and desperately trying to hunt for their dad.

Eventually they stumbled across each other in 2016.

The pair have since forged a close sisterly bond, with Rebecca acting as Lisa's bridesmaid at her wedding last year.

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The sisters were reunited four years ago
(Image: Tom Maddick / SWNS)

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They continued searching for David until last week, when Lisa, from Nottingham, received a friend request on Facebook from a man she did not know.

After chatting with him she soon realised it was her dad, because he was able to identify people in childhood family photographs.

Lisa and Rebecca have since learnt they have another sister Amy, 28.

Later this week the family will be reunited for the first time in 24 years.

Lisa said it's "unbelievable" she has managed to discover two sisters she never knew existed, as well as her dad, all in the space of four years.

The pair came across each other while searching for their dad
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The mum-of-five said she first ignored the friend request from dad David on Saturday afternoon, November 28, not realising who it was.

But she received a call from Rebecca’s fiancé James, who urged her to answer the message and told her they believed her father had finally been found.

Lisa, who works as a carer, said: "I had been getting a few messages on Instagram from strange men and thought it was just another one of them.

"But I looked at his photo and thought 'I’m sure that’s my dad'.

"I just ignored it for a while. It was a friend request and a message."

After James suggested it might be her dad, Lisa decided to respond.

“I was a bit numb and I was thinking it might not be him," she said.

Lisa received the message from her dad this weekend
(Image: Tom Maddick / SWNS)

"It might just be someone making out to be him.

“I spoke to his sister and I sent him a photo of when he was young and asked him if he could tell me who’s in this photo and he told me straight.

“He started telling me little details from when we last met.

"I just knew it was him and he started talking to me about my mum and my family.

“He’s apologised so many times but he actually didn’t know we were looking for him.

“It was one of the scenarios that dad goes to the mum asking 'can I see the kid' and he tries a little, a bit more, and then that’s it.

“We end up trying to find him and we couldn't, but luckily I found Rebecca and now we are here.

The sisters are due to meet their dad this week
(Image: Tom Maddick / SWNS)

“I’ve not seen him since I was nine so that’s 24 years ago.

"Rebecca has no recollection of ever meeting him and she’s now 24."

As well as finding their dad, the women have discovered they have another sibling.

"We also found out we have another sister too and we've been in regular contact with her since," Lisa continued.

“We have all asked why now and he has just said I didn’t know you were looking for me and I tried to find you.

“He now knows he has three daughters and seven grandchildren.

“I think he’s coming this week from Blackpool.

" I’m super nervous obviously because I have got children and I’m welcoming a stranger into my home.

“I think because I know it’s my dad and I have a history from when I was nine I can remember him.

"I think that’s a bit easier for me than the other two.

“We are all going to be nervous and emotions will be running high.

Lisa predicted that they will all be nervous when they meet
(Image: Tom Maddick / SWNS)

“We spoke to dad and he said you can be mad at me – I totally understand.

"But he didn’t know that we were looking for him and said he would have been here years ago.

“I don’t think he will disappear again, well I hope not, but you have got to be open-minded.

"I think it's just incredible that I've managed to find two sisters and my dad just on Facebook.

"I never thought I would see the day."

Lisa had dedicated most of her adult life searching for her father after he disappeared when she was nine.

She began searching for him after her 18th birthday and left a message on a missing persons website in which she described David, urging people who may know him to get in touch.

The message contained his name, his date of birth and the names of his siblings.

It wasn't until last year that Lisa finally got a reply in October 2016.

It was Rebecca’s grandmother Sue Parton, who contacted Lisa explaining Rebecca was looking for the same man and they were half-sisters.

Rebecca had never known her dad and also began looking for him after her mum Andrea died of cancer aged 37.

They were left astonished when a DNA test confirmed Lisa and Rebecca, from Doncaster, were related.

Speaking at the time, Lisa said: "It's a miracle. I can't believe I found my sister on Facebook.

“I added Rebecca as a friend and I found out she was looking for my dad too and we realised that she could be my sister.”

Rebecca added: “It was really exciting though, and so great to find I have more family.

“'I always thought I was an only child so to find I have a sister is absolutely amazing. I'm still having to pinch myself, it doesn't seem real.

“We really get on, and I can see certain personality traits of myself in her.

"It's fantastic to discover a sister I didn't know about.”

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