Mother tells story of finding kidnapped children in Greece

Published: Apr. 11, 2017 at 10:35 PM EDT
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Author Lizbeth Meredith wrote a memoir titled, "Pieces of Me." She is traveling from state to state telling her story of hurt, abuse and triumph.

Meredith told 13abc as a child her mother took some of her children and disappeared to Alaska. There they got new names and a new identity.

"I found my father when I was 20 years old through a lawyer," said Meredith.

Her book explains what she endured half her life. It outlines the trials she endured as a child when her family escaped so they wouldn't be traced to when she thought she found love but it was actually an abusive marriage.

"I was the kind of person that said I never want my kids to go through what I did as a child. Then I married someone who repeated the patterns of domestic violence and child kidnapping," said Meredith.

Four years after leaving her husband, she said she thought they were free, however she wasn't ready for what came next.

"He took the girls on a visitation and disappeared from the country" and took them to Greece, Meredith said.

Her two daughters were taken out of the country in March of 1994. Meredith added the day they left was one of the worst days of her life.

"I had a sick feeling when I didn't find my daughters at the daycare where they were expected to be dropped off by their father," added Meredith.

She said it took two years to find her girls.

Now, in a different space, Lizbeth is using her experiences to benefit others.

"Never give up hope, no matter what the struggle is," she said.