Real Names: Craig "Chipper" and Christopher "Chrissy" Lamerand Schwaite
Case: Lost Brothers
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Date: April 1963
Details: Tina Lamerand Shiets of Toledo, Ohio, is searching for her two brothers, whom she was separated from after their twenty-six-year-old mother, Patricia Lamerand Schwaite, was killed in a car accident on April 6, 1963. On that day, she lost control of her car while driving to her aunt's house where her three children were waiting for her. That evening, a news story showed the accident; Tina realized that it was Patricia's car, but she was too young to understand the seriousness of the situation.
Tina's two brothers, one-year-old Craig and two-year-old Christopher, were soon sent to foster care and later adopted by another family; she was placed in the custody of her maternal grandparents. At first, she believed that she had done something wrong that caused Patricia, Craig, and Christopher to be taken from her. As she got older, she hoped to find Chipper and Chrissy.
When she was sixteen, Tina began searching for Craig and Christopher. Her great aunt gave her the address where they were sent to after the accident. She went there, only to find that they had moved. She went door-to-door asking the neighbors for help. One of them remembered Craig and Christopher, along with the name of their foster mother, Doris Cindle.
Eight years later, Tina was able to contact Doris. She learned that Doris had taken care of Craig and Christopher for two years until they were adopted by a family from Michigan. she gave Tina several photographs and a video of them. However, She did not know anything about the family that adopted them. Tina then asked sketch artist Lois Gibson to create age progressions of them to show how they would look today. She now wants to be reunited with them.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the December 8, 1995 episode.
Results: Solved. On the night of the broadcast, Craig and Christopher's aunt called the telecenter. She contacted their biological father, who also called the telecenter. Just minutes later, Tina talked to Craig on the phone for the first time in decades. She soon talked to Christopher, who said that he still had memories of her. A few weeks later, they were reunited at Craig's home in Petroleum, West Virginia; they also celebrated Christmas together for the first time in thirty-two years. Christopher later moved to Houston, Texas, to be closer to Tina.
- Forensic sketch artist helps reunite siblings 32 years after separation
- (Book about Tina's Search and Lois Gibson) Faces of Evil by Lois Gibson