Arizona man reunites with daughter he never knew existed

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An Arizona family grows by one in a reunion at Sky Harbor Airport 40 years in the making. 

As a 16-year-old, Arthur Baca met a young woman. Not long after, they parted ways.

"I moved to Winslow, Arizona and she moved to Reno, Nevada. So, I had no clue she was pregnant or anything," said Baca. "She never contacted me. She probably couldn't then."

Their baby girl was put up for adoption. 

Baca also didn't know that four decades later, his daughter, named Adrianne Hicken, would be searching for him. 

Through her own detective work and an Ancestry DNA test, Hicken tracked down her biological father. 

They talked on the phone for three months before finally getting a chance to meet in person. 

With flowers and family at his side, Baca met Hicken at Sky Harbor Airport Wednesday afternoon. 

"I've always had a sense of who I am, but to really find out where you come from, what your parents look like, what your family looks like, what makes you up? That's been the thing I've always been looking for," said Hicken.  

"She's my blood, she's my girl and I love her. I really love her," said Baca.  

Hicken will stay in town for several days visiting. Baca says he's looking forward to catching up.

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Lauren ReimerLauren Reimer joined the 3TV/CBS 5 family in June 2016. She is originally from Racine, WI but is no stranger to our heat.

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She previously worked for KVOA in Tucson, covering topics that matter to Arizonans including the monsoon, wildfires and border issues. During the child migrant crisis of 2014, Reimer was one of only a handful of journalists given access to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility in Nogales, where hundreds of unaccompanied children were being held after crossing into the U.S. from Central America. Before that, Reimer worked at WREX in Rockford, IL. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and still visits home often. When not chasing news stories, Reimer loves to explore, enjoying everything from trying new adventurous foods to visiting state and national parks or local places of historical significance.

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