5 Siblings Search for Long-Lost Brother via Facebook

And it looks like they may have found him
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2015 4:40 PM CST
5 Siblings Search for Long-Lost Brother via Facebook
Marie Henson's Facebook photo.   (Marie Henson via Facebook)

Five siblings may have found their long-lost older brother thanks to a Facebook post. Their mother, 72-year-old Geraldine "Jerri" Kramer, gave birth to a baby in 1963, when she was 19 and unwed, but the Indiana woman's parents and priest made her give the boy up for adoption. Still, she bonded with the infant as soon as she held him, and never stopped thinking about him, she tells ABC News. Kramer, whose maiden name was Hummel, called the baby Jack, Fox News reports. He remained a secret from much of her family, even the husband she married in 1966. But in 1988, when her oldest daughter was considering giving up a child for adoption, Kramer told her the story and warned her daughter she'd regret parting with the baby. Then, as her health started to decline, Kramer asked her kids to help her find her own lost child.

The five of them took a group photo on Thanksgiving and added the words, "You were born 6-10-63. You're our older brother, we're looking for you." They posted it on Facebook, where it's been shared nearly 45,000 times. "You were born June 10, 1963 in the wee AM hours, at Marion County General Hospital, in Indianapolis, Indiana. You were placed for adoption through Catholic Social Services," reads the post. "It has been Mom's decades-long wish to find you, and we would love to meet our big brother." In an update Monday, Marie Henson added, "I THINK WE FOUND HIM!! He saw the article, and DNA tests are our next step!" No further updates have been posted yet, but should Kramer—who also has eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren—find her long-lost biological son, she says she'll tell him "that I’ve loved him for years and years and years." (When these two long-lost siblings met, they realized they'd known each other for years.)

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