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Posted: 5/27/2011
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

Brett and his wife Aubrey contacted SQA in April of 2010.

He wrote, "Carolyn is my half-sister. My father Bobby, lost contact with her after he divorced her mother, Anna. My father remarried my mother in 1971 after I was born. My dad says he does have a copy of Carolyn's birth certificate. He said she was born in New York, New York and their address at the time was 1000 Villa Avenue in the Bronx. Bobby and Anna were married in New York, New York (in the Bronx) in 1958. I hope this additional information helps with our search. I have never met Carolyn and would like to find this missing piece of my family for myself and my father."

Brett's case was assigned to Julie Jones. Over the next two weeks, Julie searched through public records and located Carolyn living in Staten Island, New York. When Julie first called Carolyn and explained the reason for her call, Carolyn hung up on her! It's not every day that you get a phone call from an investigator who tells you your long lost brother is trying to locate you. She thought it was a scam. Luckily, Julie is not easily dissuaded. She located Carolyn's son, Michael via MySpace. She wrote him a message explaining the reason for her call, and asking Michael to pass the message along to him mom. She wrote, "If you could please let your mom know why I was trying to contact her, I'd be extremely grateful. Bobby and Brett have no idea what Carolyn was told over the years, but at the time of the divorce I can assure you that Anna told Bobby 'You'll never see your daughter, again.' He's spent decades looking for her. Please have your mom call me ASAP."

Michael did pass the message on to his mom, and Carolyn finally called Julie to learn about her father and the half-brother she never knew she had. A few months later, she wrote this note to Julie:

"Dear Julie, this past April you and your firm contacted me on behalf of my brother Brett and my Dad Bob. I wanted to let you know that on July 4th my brother Brett and my Dad made a car trip to NY to meet me and get to know me and spent 4 whole days here in NY. We all thought it would be better if the three of us spent time together first before including the other family members.

Let me tell you Julie that this has been a life changing experience for me. I never thought the day would come that my Dad would be sitting in the same room with me drinking coffee and holding my hand. My brother Brett is a wonderful brother and human being. There are really no words to express my heart's content. I thank you so much for locating me, even though I was very skeptical in the beginning. To think that a brother I never met went through all this trouble and expense to locate me is humbling to say the least. I plan on visiting my Dad and brother this month for a yearly family reunion. All is going very well. Once again I want to thank you for locating me and for all your patience. Words can never express my gratitude. Sincerely, Carolyn."

Thanks to Brett's patience, Julie's ingenuity, and Michael's MySpace page, this family was pieced back together and a 30-year search has come to a happy close.

Written by Mica Burton on behalf of Brett, Bobby, and Carolyn.

(Client ID# 270893)
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