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Life-Long Search Brings Two Brothers Together


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - A life-long search finally brought two brothers together on Friday.

All his life, Dennis Sundquist dreamed he'd meet his birth family. At 62-years-old, that dream finally came true at an airport in Lansing. There, he met face-to-face with a brother, who, for most of his life, he never knew he had.


"It's a big 360 degree circle and I'm back with a brother," said Sundquist.

Sundquist's mother gave him up for adoption when he was just a baby.

"It's a void that a lot of adoptive kids probably have," Sundquist said.

He spent over 40 years searching for his birth family. But Michigan law sealed his adoption records until his parents passed, which kept him in the dark until October 2011.

That's when Michigan's Department of Human Services finally gave him the information he'd been searching for. Within this paperwork, he discovered his parent's names, his family history and was finally able to read his adoption records.

Using that paperwork and social network digging, Dennis Sundquist's wife, Peggy, discovered his half brother.

He lives in California and goes by the same name: Dennis.

"Living like you're the only child in my family and then finding out you have a brother is pretty cool," said Dennis Longdyke.

It was a meeting decades in the making, a brotherhood they'll cherish for the rest of their lives. The brothers say they plan to stay in the area for the next few days for a family reunion.

Then they'll head to Tampa, where the Sundquist's live to visit more family and continue making up for lost time.

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