Heartbreaking search for lost father

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 21 September 2014 | 23.08

Astrid Kaletsch, who is looking for the father she has never met, with her kids Montana and Ameisha Source: Supplied

HER dad is playing on Astrid Kaletsch's mind. She has never met him or even seen a photo.

She only knows his name was Steven or Stephen, he rode dirt bikes, he worked in a "dirty" job as a labourer or brickie as a 19 or 20-year-old in Darwin in 1982 where he lived in an unknown caravan park with his fiancée.

He was six foot three by the old measure, muscular and described as "tall dark and handsome" by Ms Kaletsch's mother.

Now the 31-year-old mother of two daughters wants to find her dad, the mystery man her mum Regina - also known as Gina - had a one-night stand with all those years ago in Darwin.

He would now be about 50 years old .

"My heart aches, I just want to meet him or find a photo," she said.

"It is really hard. When I was younger, about 21, along with other things that were going on in my life, I lapsed into a pretty bad depression over it.

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"Everyone has a dad and I don't even have a photo and I say, 'This is all I know'.

"I need to do this for me. It is like a part of me is missing.

"It is like a part of me is missing" Source: Supplied

"And I'm going into this with an open mind as well, if he doesn't want to have anything to do with me I understand that because after 32 years it would be difficult to build a relationship.

But I would be happy either way. Being a mum myself, I'd have thought surely he would be thinking 'I have a child out there'. He may have even tried to track me down.

"But who is to say, he might not even be alive."

Ms Kaletsch lives in Gawler East in South Australia's Barossa Valley with Montana 4.5 and Ameisha 1.5.

She said her mum was travelling around Australia with a friend when the affair happened.

She said her father's fiancé was named Michelle (with a last name similar to Miele) and she worked in the National Australian Bank in Darwin.

The couple had come to Darwin from Perth but she is not sure that is where they originated from or if they stayed on in Darwin.

"I've heard about other people, friends of friends who share pictures of people trying to find their missing relatives," she said.

"Because I've tried in the past using the electoral roll and had a Perth and a Darwin phone book and my mum said she had tried to track him down."

She said her mum had told him she was pregnant and gave him the chance to be part of her life but he declined.

"My mother thanked him for giving her the greatest gift a woman can receive and told him she would never ask anything of him, but gave him her parents' contact details if he ever wanted to keep in touch, but he didn't. I have never seen a photo or anything and this has left an empty spot in my heart."

Ms Kaletsch hopes he may have reconsidered now.

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