(ABC NEWS)- When Tracy Melton submitted her DNA sample to Ancestry.com she was only expecting to gain some insight into her ethnic background.
A year after her dad, Rich Melton, took the same test and learned he had a 45-year-old son he never knew existed, DNA magic struck again.
Never in her wildest dreams did Tracy Melton expect to find a biological father and seven half-siblings she never knew she had. Adding to the stunning turn of events, she found out her biological father lived just 12 miles from her Spokane Valley, Washington, home.
“It’s crazy,” Tracy Melton told ABC News on Wednesday. “We just went through this a year ago. And now it’s happened again.”
Reynaldo Delgado, a retired Los Angeles firefighter, said he had no idea of Melton’s existence until they spoke on the phone on Feb. 23 and she told him, “I think you’re my father.”
“From the moment we met, it was very comfortable,” Melton, 35, told ABC News station KXLY-TV in Spokane. “It felt very natural. It’s very hard to explain. I never knew something was missing.”
Delgado recalled asking Melton where she lived.
Melton said her boyfriend gave her the Ancestry.com DNA kit as a Christmas gift. She found the prospects of the cheek-swab test intriguing, hoping it would explain why she has dark skin and hair and brown eyes while her two sisters were born blue-eyed and blonde.
Her mother never told her anything about her biological father, but her grandmother once gave her a photo of a man she suspected was her dad, but he died before she had a chance to meet him.
“What little information I was given was leading to a person who was no longer alive,” Melton — a mother of two children, ages 17 and 12 — told ABC News.
She got the results that she says has changed her life in an email.