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Mom learns son died in Lockerbie crash: Hunt for son she gave up ends in sadness

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A mom, who had been looking for the son she gave up for adoption 45 years ago found him online, as a victim of the flight 103 Lockerbie bombing. Carol King-Eckersley kept a promise she made to herself for 45 years. That promise was not to look for the baby she gave up as a teenager, according to NBC News on Dec. 16.

Eckersley kept that promise until her husband died last year and she decided to search online for the boy that she gave up so long ago. He was easy to find, as she knew his name and birth date. She was surprised when his name came up so easily, but it was then she realized her search had taken her to the memorial page for the passengers aboard that fatal flight almost 25 years ago.

Eckersley was a 19-year-old daughter of a school principle when she was made to give her baby up for adoption. She said she never held him and the last time that she saw her baby boy was bundled up in her lawyer’s car on his way to his new adoptive parent’s home.

She kept her promise to herself, which was not to contact the boy and let him go on with life without messing this up by contacting him. Today she mourns for the boy she put up for adoption, who died on that fatal flight.

His name was Kenneth Bissett and he was a Cornell University junior who enrolled in the Syracuse University student-abroad program in London. He was coming back to New York on Dec. 21, 1988 at 21-years-old when flight 103 blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Eckersley found out that his parents are both dead now, so she went to the last memorial they had for the passengers of flight 103. She is a mom today who mourns for the little boy she never met.

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