Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Brothers Reunited After 70 Years
posted: 6 HOURS 52 MINUTES AGO
filed under: National News
(Aug. 4) - Two brothers separated as infants have been reunited after 70 years -– thanks to Facebook.
John Mellinger, of Spokane, Wash., had known since boyhood that he was adopted. When he was in his 40s, he tried to trace his birth parents. He was able to track down an aunt -- who told him that he had a brother. But then his search stalled.
Dan Pelle, The Spokesman Review / AP
Seven decades after they were separated, brothers John Mellinger, left, and Dan Newburn met again July 22. Newburn, 71, of Las Vegas, contacted Mellinger, 70, of Spokane, Wash., via Facebook. Their teenage mom gave the brothers up in 1939 in Boise, Idaho. They were adopted by different families.