A brother and sister who hadn’t seen each other in more than 35 years were finally reunited in San Diego Friday.
KGTV was there as Navy Cmdr. Cindy Murray and her younger brother Chief Robert Williamson saw each other for the first time since the 1970s.
When the Navy siblings first saw each other, they properly gave each other a salute before hugging each other for the first time in decades.
Both Murray and Williamson had the same father, but they had different mothers. They ended up moving 20 minutes away from each other in the Denver area when they were 14 and six years old. (Via WAGA)
Now, the two are 51 and 44 years old. Murray says the reunion with her brother might not have been possible had she not spoken to her estranged father. (Via KMBC)
U-T San Diego reports Murray spoke to her father in July for the first time in more than three decades. After telling him she was in the Navy, he told her that her brother was too.
The revelation astounded Murray who quickly went to her chief petty officer to help her find her brother in a Navy computer database. The officer was able to find her brother’s information and call him on the phone in about 20 minutes.
Murray and Williamson both said they tried using social media to find each other, but it just didn’t work. KNSD adds it was especially hard for Williamson because his sister changed her last name after they were separated.
Business Insider notes the Navy took the long-lost brother and sister from Colorado to California — living within just hundreds of miles of each other.
The two plan on spending the holidays together this year and are excited to learn more about each other’s lives since they lost contact.