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'Facebook' brings brothers together after 70 years

SPOKANE, Wash. - Two brothers, separated at birth, have been reunited after 70 years through the popular social networking site 'Facebook.'

John Mellinger, 70, who used to work in a Hillyard barbershop has always known he was adopted and has known for a little while now that he had a brother, he just had no way of contacting him.

Mellinger, born Patrick Dale Turner, was adopted from the Children's Home Society in Boise. After speaking with an aunt, Mellinger learned he had a brother.

"She says, 'were you the one that Evelyn was carrying or the one that was walking?,'" says Mellinger referring to the conversation with his aunt.

Mellinger started to search for his brother he knew was out there but after finding nothing, he eventually gave up.

It was not until July 2009 that Mellinger was contacted by Dan Newburn from Las Vegas.

"I sent him a message to be a friend and I just said 'my name is Dan Newburn, I'm from Las Vegas,'" says Newburn, "'I think I might be your older brother.'" Newburn was right, he is Mellinger's older brother.

"If it was not for the Internet, we never would have found each other," says Mellinger.

Appropriately, the brothers are now using the Internet to keep in touch using the online video messaging service 'Skype.'

The brothers say they are looking forward to the future with their new found family.

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