While neither he nor his children have contacted Brenda Heist since she was discovered, Lee Heist said he would not have a problem with it.
"I don't see where my communicating with her would be productive for either one of us. But if she's healthy and wants to talk to the kids, and they want to talk to her, I will make sure they can visit her," he said.
Such a reunion, especially after 11 years, will likely prove challenging for both Brenda Heist and her estranged children.
"Ambiguity can persist even in cases that result in reunification. Robbed of so many years, they have to learn anew how to relate to each other," Meredith said.
Ultimately, Lee Heist said, he decided to leave his anger behind and chose to forgive his ex-wife years ago.
"At some point you have to say, I've just got to make the best of what I've got. I've got good friends, a great family, and my new wife, who has just been amazing. I'm blessed," he said.