Long-lost brothers reunited after nearly six decades

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MCKEESPORT, Pa. (CBS) — Two brother’s separated as children have finally been reunited, nearly six decades after they last saw each other.

John Mueller, 65, and his 59-year-old brother, Harold Miller, were placed in separate foster homes when it was determined their mother, who was an alcoholic, was unable to care for them, CBS Pittsburgh reported.

John Mueller, 65. CBS PITTSBURGH
John Mueller, 65. CBS PITTSBURGH

“He was a baby and I was 6 years old and we were separated in the juvenile court system,” Mueller explained.

Mueller ended up in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, and Miller ended up in Gibsonia. Mueller said he just knew he had to find his brother.

Finally, he did.

With 59 years gone between the brothers, there were a lot of hugs and kisses to catch up on.

Mueller, who now lives in Tennessee, said he began searching in 1970.

He told CBS Pittsburgh he had the help of an angel in Allegheny County and one in his wife, Judy.

“We’ve been married 11 years. Sunday was 11 years,” Judy said. “I told him, ‘I can’t give you children. We are too old for that. But I make a promise to you, we’re gonna find your brother.'”

The brothers met for the first time earlier this week at Miller’s home in McKeesport. Harold Miller was brought to tears.

“I never knew somebody was looking for me. It’s a good feeling, glad somebody didn’t quit,” he said.

John Mueller (middle), 65, and his 59-year-old brother, Harold Miller (left), and John's wife Judy. CBS PITTSBURGH
John Mueller (middle), 65, and his 59-year-old brother, Harold Miller (left), and John’s wife Judy. CBS PITTSBURGH

When Miller goes to visit his brother in Ashland City, Tennessee, the sheriff there will shut down the town and have a parade for the brothers.

“John is complete now. I am complete, totally complete, now that I know I have found him and my quest is over,” Miller said.

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