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Woman Searches For Lost Relatives

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A young woman and her adopted father is hoping the power of social media will help to locate her biological family.




NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A 27-year-old woman is hoping the power of social media will help to fill in some of the blanks in her family tree, following an adoption on Grand Bahama in the 1970s. 

Twenty-seven-year-old Shanton Evans has been searching for living relatives since she was 18. 

Originally from Andros, Evans says she learned at a young age that there were a few missing pieces in her family tree. 

Evans, also knowns as Shanny, speaks with Our News about what she does know about her family. Her father’s name is Anthony Evans, but before he was adopted, his name was Anthony Lezer . His only living relative, his sister, died a few years ago. Her birth name was Vilora Lezer, which became Elizabeth Evans when she was adopted, and Hanna when she was married.

She is looking for her grandfather – Deland Lezer – who came fromHaiti and worked as a cook. Evans says he should be about 74 today. 

Her grandmother, Dorothy Gray, worked as a domestic worker, and was repatriated to Jamaica in the 1970s. Evans says she believes her grandmother would be 72.

Her father was reluctant to join the interview and speak about the search.

Now, she hopes to make a connection, through the power of social media.

Evans says she’s still hopeful there will be a happy ending to the search for her relatives.