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Brothers meet for the first time after 64 years


Two men who had never met, living more than 1,400 miles apart, have found out they share more than they could have ever dreamed.

64-year-old Al Muschaweck grew up in Vinton and has dealt with his share of heartbreak - losing two siblings shortly after birth and his older sister at the age of 28.

"I thought I was the only sibling in my family," he said.

71-year-old Ron Mortin was adopted shortly after birth. When his adoptive parents died, he longed for more. Martin and his wife began reaching out to officials in Missouri, the state where he was born, to find out more about his birth parents.

"They gave us some information about the age, nationalities and stuff like that but that's all that they would give us," Mortin said.

Because of Missouri law, only limited information could be released.

After 25 years of searching, the state law changed and Mortin finally received the key piece of information - the name of his mother. And that led to another discovery.

"It really got going really fast and I found out I had a brother," Mortin said.

Mortin found out he shared the same mother as Muschaweck. A genealogist named Martha Long was able to connect the brothers. 

"It's just great to have the warm feeling that we have. I feel like I'm at home in his house," Mortin said.

It was a union that was a life-time in the making when the two brothers met in Vinton on Friday. In a snow-filled cemetery, the two made their way together to their mother's burial site. For Mortin, it was a closure to a long search. For Muschaweck it was an opening to new beginnings.

"I keep everything inside me. I don't show my emotions real well, but it's pretty shocking," Muschaweck said.

And now the brothers are looking forward to a future together.

"It's too bad that it's been so long to get together, but this time, we can make up time," Mortin said.


Mortin lives in Texas and the brothers say they plan on visiting each other a couple times each year.

Muschaweck says he'll take a DNA test to see if they also share the same father.

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