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Young woman seeks biological father
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 7, 2018 12:01AM

The Ear received a request for help from a young woman who is searching for her birth father; she hopes someone on the North Coast can help her find him.

“My name is Ilana Michael Spence,” she wrote. “I was born on Jan. 15, 1994, in Astoria, Oregon. My mother’s name, at the time, was TraLynn Spence. She was born on Aug. 23, 1969.” Lana’s mother is pictured, left (Lana is holding the bear); right, Lana as she looks now.

“My biological father, Mario, is not listed on my birth certificate — not by choice, but because my mom did not want a custody battle later on down the road (so she’s said),” Lana explained. “I was told that he was kind, and did visit me at the hospital.

“My uncle, John Hurley, told me that my biological father worked with him at the Pier 11 Feed Store and Restaurant. They were not close, only co-workers, so I do not have any other information on my father. My mother has told me many times that she does not know his last name.”

Mario would have been working at Pier 11 at least from spring 1993 to early 1994. Do you know him? If you have his contact information, or know who he is, please contact the Ear at 971-704-1718 or

“I’m 24, and have been looking for him for a long time with no help,” Lana revealed. “Any information you could offer would be very appreciated.”


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