When her results returned, Rowlette's DNA was matched to a man living 500 miles away in Idaho Falls.
Millions have used Ancestry.com to trace the roots of their family tree, but for Kelli Rowlette it led to the stunning discovery that her biological father is actually her parents' fertility doctor. She had no idea who Mortimer was, nor did she know her parents had used a medical procedure to help them conceive.
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The couple agreed; however, they asked that the donor be a blued-eyed, brown-haired college student who was more than six feet tall. "Dr. Mortimer cried when Ms. Ashby informed him they were moving".
She told her mother that the test hadn't worked and Ms Ashby realised she recognised the name that had been identified, according to the legal papers. "Ancestry.com predicted a parent-child relationship between Dr. Mortimer and Mrs. Rowlette".
Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls is also listed as a defendant. Instead, Mortimer allegedly acted with his own sperm and his practice's knowledge, per Courthouse News. Mortimer completed a procedure in June, July, and August 1980 in which a mixture 85% of Fowlers' DNA along with 15% of a donor's DNA are used for the insemination.
'Dr Mortimer knew Kelli Rowlette was his biological daughter but did not disclose this to Ms Ashby or Mr Fowler, ' the lawsuit says.
Mortimer delivered the baby and continued to care for Ashby as a gynecologist for several years.
Meanwhile, Rowlette was unaware of what transpired until October, when she found old paperwork at Fowler's house. "We are committed to delivering the most accurate results, however with this, people may learn of unexpected connections".
Rowlette has now filed a lawsuit against the doctor, claiming the fertility specialist knowingly swapped Fowler's semen sample for his own before performing IUI on Ashby over a period of three months.
A version of this story originally appeared on New York Post.
Now Rowlette and her divorced parents, Sally Ashby and Howard Fowler, are suing retired Dr. Gerald E. Mortimer and his former employer, Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls, Idaho, for $10 million.