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Posted: 9/16/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

"I am searching for my biological father, whom I have never met. His name is Alvin and he moved away when I was born. I recently found a sibling who has not seen him or his family for over 35 years. She and I have become very close over the past 9 years. I would love to find him to see what he looks like and to tell him that he has a beautiful grandson. My mom and I have tried so hard to locate him or at least another family member. We did live in Brooklyn for a long time and some of the relatives may still be there. They also lived in New Jersey for a while until my Grandparents passed away. His last known location was in California, but that may just be speculation."

Joan Caruso contacted Search Quest America in May and at first, her case seemed ordinary. The case was assigned to Julie Jones, who recalls, "one of the hardest things to do as a researcher is give a client bad news. Almost immediately, I discovered a death certificate for Joans father, Alvin. He owned a pizzeria called Alvin's Pizza in Brooklyn in the 1960s and 1970s, but died in an accident in the late 1970s."

Most clients are devastated to receive such news, but Joan replied, "Oh, I was afraid that might come up! I found that myself, but then I ran into a woman who claimed to be his sister, and she said she saw him alive and well at a funeral in 1993. He was living in California, was married, and had 2 sons between the ages of 18 and 22. My aunt wouldnt give me his exact address, but she did say he was in the Witness Protection Program.

Julie replied, "Well, if he's in the Witness Protection Program, his name will have been changed, and lengths taken to protect his identity. It will be very difficult to find him. "

"I know. That's why I hired you!" Joan replied. Incredulous, but persistent, Julie set out on what seemed like an impossible task. She contacted friends, neighbors, and relatives of the family one after another until finally, she hit pay dirt. She contacted Molly Rizzo, Alvin's first wife, who confirmed that Alvin is alive, living in the Witness Protection program somewhere in California. She refused to give Julie his exact address or current phone number, but agreed to speak with Joan directly and provide the information. Since then, Joan and Alvin have been reunited and this very unusual case is officially solved.

"I guess the stories are true, then. Search Quest America really can work miracles!! I didn't mention Alvin's past up front because I was afraid they wouldn't take my case. Thanks, Julie, for solving the mystery and putting me back in touch with my father. No one else could have done it!"

(Written by Mica Burton on Joan's behalf.)

*Special Note: All names and locations have been changed to protect the parties involved.*

Client ID# 237998
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