Untangling a Mystery
“The mystery of the long-lost twins began about 30 years ago,” Lanie says.

“My grandmother told me that my mom went to the hospital to have a hysterectomy,” Lori says. “We had no idea that she was pregnant.”

“She came back from the hospital and was just sad,” Lynda remembers.

Lori says that their mother died never admitting to them that she had given up children for adoption.

[AD]The women learned that their grandmother had encouraged their mother to keep the twins. They say that later in life, their grandmother tried to find the twins with the help of a private investigator. Before her death, she was able to find the names, birthdays and gender of the twins, but since it was a closed adoption, there was nothing more she could do about it.

“We would absolutely love to have this adoption mystery solved,” Lynda says.

Twin sisters, Lanie and Lori, their older sister, Lynda, and expert locator, Troy Dunn, join Dr. Phil onstage.

“Troy, this is a really interesting story … it’s trying to unravel a ball of yarn,” Dr. Phil says. “I don’t know where you start.”

Troy says that this case is unique to any other. He says in his 20-year career, only twice has he received a request for twins looking for twins.

Lyndra says she doesn’t know who was the first to find out about the twins, but says that being oldest, at 12 years old, she had a feeling something wasn’t right. “My sister’s were only 5 or 6,” she says. She says that her mother was a heavyset women who didn’t show obvious signs of pregnancy.

Lori says that their father revealed the secret to her 25 years ago. She said he told her that when she was 5, her parents divorced, but when he wanted to reconcile the marriage, he discovered that she was pregnant with another man’s twin babies. Lori says that she then asked her maternal grandmother, who confirmed the story. She says her first question was how to find them, but no one knew any information.

Lanie says that she heard things as a kid that didn’t add up. She says she heard her mother through a bedroom wall tell a friend, “I can’t believe I did that. I didn’t even get to look at them.”

"Kids have big ears — that's for sure."

“Reunions aren’t always happy,” Dr. Phil says. “Everyone thinks that it’s running through a field of clover, and everybody comes together and says, ‘I’ve missed you so much.’"

Dr. Phil asks the women how the twins they are searching for would be able to identify them as their siblings.

[AD]“That’s a hard question!” Lanie says.

“Welcome to my dilemma,” Troy says.

The women say that they only know that the twins would have been given up for adoption from a hospital in San Jose, California.

“That’s not a lot to go on!” Dr. Phil comments.

“A baby born in a hospital,” Troy quips. “That’s all we have. Sorry, two babies!”