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A Family Divided

Aired July 7, 2003 - 20:46   ET

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PAULA ZAHN, CNN ANCHOR: For years, Rob Kobina lived just five miles from his brother Gary Miscovich. He never even knew it. Both were adopted by different families in the late '60s and they were not reunited until 1986. But the story doesn't end there. They're still looking for their youngest brother, John.
And from Southfield, Michigan, tonight, I'm joined by brothers Rob Kobina, Gary Miscovich.

Welcome, glad to see the two of you reunited.

Tell us about the search for brother No. 3, Robert.

ROBERT KOBINA, BROTHER: Well, we're doing everything question to possibly find our youngest brother, John. He's out there somewhere. I haven't seen him in over 35 years.

ZAHN: Describe to us how you even start a search like that, when so many years have passed. Do you have any idea what he might look like today?

KOBINA: I have no idea. I haven't seen him since he was approximately a year and a half old.

ZAHN: So, Gary, to those of us hearing this story for the first time, we're thinking this might be an impossible task. But you all are pretty confident that you might find him. Why?

GARY MISCOVICH, BROTHER: Just from what Rob and some people have told me, through friends, saying that there is somebody out there that looks like me just brings the hope a little bit closer. And if it wasn't for my mom putting the letter out to the adoption agency or whatever, and Rob coming -- I'm hoping that there is a chance that we can find our brother John.

ZAHN: And, Robert, what kind of an area are you searching in? Is it all over the United States coast to coast?

KOBINA: Yes. He could be anywhere. So that's the whole objective behind today's interview is that, hopefully, the right people will see it and get the message out and we'll be able to be reunited with our brother John.

ZAHN: So we're looking at some pictures. I believe this is you, of you, Robert, when you were younger. Just give our audience some information on what might lead them to you. What are some critical pieces of information they might need to find your little brother? KOBINA: Basically, his date of birth. To the best of our knowledge or the information we have, it was 12/26/1965. The family that would have adopted him, it is to my belief, the name that they would have him under would have been John Philip Martinson (ph), even though his birth certificate would say John Phillip MacKenzie.

So anybody that might have a lead or any connection to that, I'm hoping they'll come forward.

ZAHN: And where would that have taken place?

KOBINA: Through Wayne County Catholic Social Service Department, Detroit city limits.

ZAHN: Well, we wish you tremendous luck. And, hopefully, this will spark somebody's memory out there.

Robert Kobina, Gary Miscovich, keep us posted.

KOBINA: We will.

ZAHN: And congratulations on your reunion that took so many years to happen, 17 years.

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