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Abandoned baby thanks rescuers

FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Two friends who discovered a newborn girl in front of a Virginia townhouse when they were teenagers said the girl contacted them 20 years later.

Christopher Astle and Emily Yanich-Fithian, now both 35, said they discovered the newborn by the front door of an empty townhouse in their Fairfax County apartment complex Sept. 6, 1989, The Washington Post reported Friday.

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The friends said they took the baby girl, who they later discovered was only hours old, back to Emily's house and called police.

"The next thing we know, the paramedics took the baby, and she was gone," Astle said.

The pair, who have since moved away and started families but remained in touch, said they took the baby a teddy bear at the hospital and that was the last they knew of the child until Dec. 1.

Astle and Yanich-Fithian both said they were initially confused Dec. 1 when a college student named Mia Fleming added them as friends on Facebook. Astle said the mystery was solved with a message the following day.

"Hi, I'm sorry to bother you," the student wrote, "but if you are the Chris Astle I was looking for then I just want to thank you. You and Ms. Yanich found me on someone's doorstep when I was an infant. I don't really know what else to say, but thank you. If I've gotten the wrong person then I apologize!"

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Astle said the trio are now planning a reunion to catch up on the past 20 years.

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