ONLY ON 3: Family reunited with brother after almost 50 years apart
For the past 49 years, a local woman thought her brother was dead.
But on Thanksgiving Day, he knocked on her door after a DNA test proved they were related.
For Darlene Wiltberger, family is everything but she always felt hers was incomplete.
At just eight years old, she remembers her mother being pregnant with her seventh child.
A few hours after her mother went into labor, her father told their family the baby passed away.
“That was the story,” Wiltberger tells Channel 3. “That had been the story for all of our lives.”
“We never really talked about it much and the times that we had asked mom about it she would just say I don’t want to talk about it,” Wiltberger recalls.
It wasn't until 1989 that Darlene's older brother discovered the truth. Their baby brother was alive.
Darlene's parents eventually passed away, leaving her with unanswered questions about her long lost brother. So she took a DNA test.
“After I had done the test I thought one time could there be a chance,” Wiltberger says.
A year later on Thanksgiving Day, she heard a knock at her front door.
It was her half-brother Patrick Terrell, who lives in Texas with his wife and three children.
Patrick says he never knew much about his identity or his family. He says when he was adopted and was told one thing.
“My mother was separated from her husband and out of that I showed up and to keep their marriage intact she chose to give me up for adoption,” explained Wiltberger.
They can't take back the past 49 years, but this family promises to stick together from now on.
The family is planning a trip for the spring so they can spend more time together.