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COAL VALLEY, Ill. - It's been more than two decades since an Illinois woman last saw her mother. Now she's turning to social media to find her.

"My name is Amanda. I'm looking for my mom who I have not seen for 25 years," said Amanda Rottman. "I just want to find her. I want to meet my mother."

Amanda's mission has hit plenty of setbacks. She was just 10-years-old when she received the news.

"I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my mom and she told me that my dad was gonna come get me, and that was like one day. Then like the next day he showed up at my school and then we left," said Amanda.

That would be the last she would see of her mom, Cheri Jo.

But the power of these pictures pushes her onward.

"I remember my mom being a good mom. I remember her doing my hair and taking me to school," said Amanda.

Her search dates back to 2003 when she was planning for her wedding.

"When we got married I really wanted my mom there, and then after my dad passed, it hit me harder that I didn't have family," said Amanda.

Since that day her mind was set.

"I've always had questions. I would always ask. It's hard growing up without your mom," said Amanda. "We started finding stuff left and right."

Including a picture of her mom from 2008. And in the fall of 2013, Amanda got a call from her cousin confirming Amanda has two twin sisters living in Georgia.

"I didn't even know I had sisters it's unbelievable that she had more children that I didn't know of," said Amanda.

A joyous discovery thanks to the power of social media and pages like "Help us locate Amandas mom Cheri jo" on Facebook, Amanda's search is far from over.

"I just want to find her. I want to meet my mother," said Amanda.

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