A happy ending to a story 30-years in the making.
In May, 1990, then-Irwindale Police Detective Glenn Purbaugh investigated the case of an infant who was abandoned behind a business on Ramona Avenue in the city of Irwindale.
The hours-old little girl was found wrapped in a blanket, her umbilical cord still attached, when her cries alerted a nearby worker, Isaac Oliva, who call the police. Sunburned, but otherwise healthy, the infant was taken to a nearby hospital and later to child welfare case workers. The infant was ultimately adopted by a local family and was raised in the San Gabriel Valley.
Now an adult, Jessica Hicks recently went on a search for her natural parents and along the way she discovered the story of how she was found. She was eventually able to connect with some of her half-siblings and recently met with them for the first time.
Today, Jessica returned to the city of Irwindale with her own children and her adoptive family to reconnect with the men who rescued her so long ago. Jessica met with the man who found her in the bushes and called the police, Isaac Oliva and the now-retired police detective, Glenn Purbaugh, who investigated her case.
We have to admit that we love a happy ending, so it was a pleasure for us to be there for the reunion between Jessica, Isaac and Glenn.