The 2-year-old went with her mother on a trip to Ecuador 27 years ago. Pratt, of Seattle, says he was told by his mother-in-law that the little girl, Francesca, died while she was there after she was bitten by a mosquito.Then, earlier this year, out of idle curiosity, Pratt searched for his name on Google.com. What he found, he said, left him in shock.
"This message is for Dirk M. Pratt, I'm looking to make contact with him," read a note posted in November 2007 on an Internet message board. "I'm his daughter.""When I first realized she was alive, I had a mission," he said. "My feeling was I was going to do whatever it took to find my daughter. And that was my mission and that's all I could think of. It's I'm going to find my daughter and nothing's going to stop me from finding my daughter."http://abcnews.go.com/US/Story?id=7354243&page=1"I want to cry, I want to scream, I don't know what really I wanted to do," Francesca said of her feelings when she finally saw her father for the first time in all those years.