WEB EXCLUSIVE: Long lost siblings use Craigslist to reunite
LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) - A Levelland woman spent almost 50 years not knowing she had a brother. But now a simple Craigslist post has reunited them.
Lori Mcinturff was adopted at three days old. She was raised in a good family, but she always longed to know if her biological family was out there.
After years of searching, Mcinturff was able to track down her original birth certificate in December. Both of her biological parents had passed away, but she discovered that she had a long lost brother.
"I didn't know I had a brother - a full blood brother - until about a month ago. It was my mission to find him and I had no idea how," Mcinturff said.
Friday, she had the idea to post an ad on Craigslist. Armed with nothing but a name, a photo and a possible location of where he might be, Mcinturff uploaded the ad, never imagining what would happen just hours later.
"I thought, that's a stupid idea, no one is ever going to read that. I clicked on Canada and all these towns came up, so I just picked one," Mcinturff said.
Mcinturff believed her brother lived somewhere in British Columbia, but she had no idea exactly where. She just picked Victoria at random and it happened to be right. Within two hours, Mcinturff had an email waiting for her from Matt Beaumont, her brother.
"It was amazing. It was something that I never in my life thought would happen," Mcinturff said.
The two quickly set up Skype and were able to lay eyes on each other for the first time.
"I remember covering up my face because I really wanted him to like me. I kept reaching up and touching his face, touching the monitor," Mcinturff said.
The siblings have spent countless hours since their reunion, catching up on lost time and comparing their endless similarities.
"Our lips are the same, our eyes, our ears - and we're both vertically challenged," Mcinturff said.
Mcinturff is thankful for the technology that brought them together and has even sent a thank you note to Craigslist. Beaumont is planning on moving to Levelland from British Columbia to live near his long lost sister.