After nearly a decade of searching for her long-lost husband, Karen Marx found him in a parking lot—married to another woman.

Her husband, Adam Marx, was married when they first met, but hadn’t been living with his wife for years. “I figured, ‘He’s going to get divorced, and this means he really wants to be with me and the kids,'” Karen Marx told USA Today.

A year after the couple’s Valentine’s Day wedding, Adam Marx left Karen with just a note saying that he could not handle her kids. “The first time he left me, it was like somebody reached into my chest and ripped my heart out of me,” she said.

Then, just before Karen received her Christmas bonus, Adam returned. His wife told him that if he ever left again, she would not take him back. She stuck to this promise the second time around, when Adam disappeared and left her with all of his debt. “I was trying to start a cleaning business, and after he left me, that totally ruined everything,” says Karen.

So imagine her surprise years later when she saw him in a Kmart parking lot and immediately asked for a divorce; he told her he’d call but never did. Karen reached out to her mother-in-law after finding her on Facebook, who told her the shocking news that he now had a new wife.

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