An Indiana woman who spent more than 40 years believing her missing mother was dead said she’s outraged to learn that her mother is alive and living under a new name.
Tammy Miller, 45, told PEOPLE on Sunday that she doesn’t plan on rekindling a relationship with her mother, Lula Ann Gillespie-Miller, who police found in Texas last week. “I’m angry,” Miller said. “This isn’t going to be one of those happy, made-for-TV movies. I could have fell out of my chair. I was shocked.”
Miller called her 69-year-old mother, who disappeared and left behind three children in 1974, after hearing the news, according to the magazine. The daughter was blown off after a brief two-minute chat. “She said, ‘I’ll call you when I’m able to talk,’” Miller recalled. “I will never call her again. It felt like being rejected all over again.”
“I’m glad she’s alive, but it hurts emotionally knowing this was her choice,” she added. “I know it wasn’t my fault. It was her loss.”