A woman conceived during a paradise island fling has finally met down her dad for the first time after not knowing him for 34 years.
Alicia Warren, 34, knew only her father’s name growing up and that her mum had met him on the sun-drenched island of Guam in the Western Pacific Ocean.
Her mum Betty Blakey, 57, was stationed on the tiny tropical island with the US Navy and did not discover she was pregnant until her holiday romance had left.
With no way to contact him, she brought Alicia up singlehandedly.
Growing up, Alicia asked about her dad but did not have enough information to track him down.
But a DNA test finally revealed a match when Alicia uploaded her results in February this year.
One month later, Alicia finally met her dad Peter Golstein, 63, a business owner from Los Angeles, California, US.
She was overwhelmed at how welcoming he and his family have been in accepting his new daughter into his life.
The pair, who Alicia says are “like twins”, are now exploring their new relationship as father and daughter and making up for 34 years of lost time.
Speaking to the RealFix podcast, Alicia, a paralegal from Salt Lake City, US, said: “It wasn’t like meeting a stranger. It was just like picking my dad up from the airport.
“It was like no time had passed at all, like we had known each other for my entire life.”
Alicia was born on Guam in 1985, where her mum Betty met Peter in a bar earlier that year while he enjoyed a scuba diving holiday with his brother.
The pair struck up a romance, and shortly after Peter returned to the US, Betty found out she was pregnant.
But Betty and Peter never exchanged phone numbers, and knowing only his name, Betty was unable to reach out to inform him that he was a dad.
Betty returned to America in 1987, when Alicia was one, and was unable to provide her daughter with any other information than his name and that he was from LA.
Speaking to the RealFix podcast, Alicia said: “Through the years I tried searching. If you Google ‘Peter Goldstein Los Angeles’ there’s about five million of them.
“Without having any way to know what he looks like, know what he’s doing, and just knowing his name, there wasn’t a lot to go on.
“We’d search Facebook and social media, but it’s hard to click on somebody’s profile picture and be like ‘oh I think I look like him’.”
Alicia decided not to reach out to anyone on Facebook but instead turned to ancestry site 23and Me in 2018 and did a DNA test kit to show potential family members.
Nobody on her father’s side showed up and over the years she would get occasional notifications signalling ‘new family members’ – none of which were her dad.
But after months of not checking her account, Alicia logged on in February of this year and saw the name Peter Goldstein with a 50 per cent DNA match.
She said: “There was no question he was my dad. I could not believe my eyes. The best way I can describe it is that we look like twins.
“We both have blue eyes, I have his nose, I have his ears – pretty much every facial feature I have comes from him.”
Alicia sent Peter a message through the app – which she made sure was ‘perfect’ – and he replied shortly after.
The business owner was shocked nobody had tried to reach out in the 34 years since Alicia was born, but made no hesitation in accepting her as part of the family.
After speaking back and forth for three months, Peter and his wife Camille made the journey to meet Alicia for the first time in June this year – and the pair hit it off immediately.
Alicia said: “We laughed, we drank, we ate lots of food – it was like no time had passed at all, like we had known each other for my entire life.”
Peter and Alicia have met up a number of times since the summer, both in California and Utah, and Alicia has gotten to know her two new sisters – Peter and Camille’s daughters.
Although Peter wasn’t able to be a father to Alicia growing up, the pair are making up for lost time and seeing how their relationship develops, both thankful the experience has been so hugely positive.
Betty now lives in Missouri, US, and has yet to meet Peter again, although there is no animosity or ill-will between the two.
Alicia said her mum was “hugely supportive” of her quest to find her father and is so pleased that her daughter has the answers she’s been looking for for so long.