Mary had admitted to her friend Norris Cole that as a teenager she had given birth as the result of a sexual assault, but had been forced to give up the baby, and had gained limited information about his upbringing, including the fact that he had been named Jude and had been brought up in Newton-le-Willows. Norris found the names of all the young men named Jude living in Newton-le-Willows, and went to visit their homes with Mary.
After meeting Jude Sawyer, Mary immediately became convinced that he was the person she was looking for, unaware about Jamie. Moments after Mary told Jude that she believed he was her son, Jamie appeared and Jude relayed the information that Mary had given him. The fact that Jude was a twin made it clear to Mary that she had found the wrong man.