Laredoan reunites with estranged family member

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - A family reunites after 55 years thanks to the power of social media.

Laredoan, San Juanita Zapata was able to find her long lost cousin, Connie Palacios through Facebook.

The story began after Palacios’ father found a job in Ohio when they were just six years old.

Palacios’ mother later passed away at the age of 38, leaving Zapata without any way of contacting her estranged family member.

Zapata’s daughter Janet took matters into her own hands by searching for Palacios through Facebook.

Zapata says, “On January sixth we were getting together, and they were talking about it. And I was in secret looking at my Facebook I happened to find them. And I turned around and showed them the picture. And it was history from then she started crying. It was a day full of emotions. I feel very excited and very blessed to have my mom still alive. So she can reunite with her family.”

On Friday morning, Zapata and Palacios were reunited, letting the world know that with today’s technology you can find just about anything and anyone.