The test showed that her DNA matched a sample from a doctor more than 500 miles away - and, though she had never heard of him, Ancestry.com predicted a parent-child relationship between the two.
A14 page lawsuit filed in Idaho claims that Dr. Gerald Mortimer - an elder in the Mormon Church - helped Rowlette's parents get pregnant in 1980. Mortimer reportedly told the couple that the issue was caused by the husband's low sperm count and the wife's tipped uterus; so, he suggested that the wife be inseminated with a mix of the husband's sperm and that of an anonymous donor to increase the changes of conception. Ms Rowlette's parents were aware of this, and requested a donor who was a college student, over six-foot tall, with brown hair and blue eyes.
Had they known that Mortimer was going to inseminate Ashby with his own genetic material, they would not have agreed to the procedure, the lawsuit says.
The suit alleges medical negligence, failure to obtain informed consent, fraud, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract and violations of the Idaho Consumer Protection Act.
Consequently, the couple made a decision to be artificially inseminated using sperm from both her husband (85 percent) and a donor (15 percent), who was requested to be a university student with fairly specific physical characteristics. "Dr. Mortimer knew Kelli Rowlette was his biological daughter but did not disclose this to Ms. Ashby or Mr. Fowler", the lawsuit alleges.
The retired Mortimer couldn't be reached for comment.
"While the family understands the public's interest in their story, they ask that their privacy be respected as they focus on the hard process of healing from this trauma".More news: Amid pressure from Trump, Mexico says it's dealing with migrant 'caravan'
Ancestry.com tells Rowlette her biological father is a man named Gerald Mortimer.
Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls is also listed as a defendant.
A woman is suing a reproductive specialist in the U.S. after a DNA test revealed he was her biological father.
Meanwhile, Rowlette was unaware of what transpired until October, when she found old paperwork at Fowler's house.
She said she was "horrified and contacted her parents in a panic".
Websites like Ancestry.com and 23andMe purport to give people insight into where they and their families came from through DNA testing. He had been her doctor for several years following the birth. "We are committed to delivering the most accurate results, however with this, people may learn of unexpected connections", the statement read.