Louisville man reunited with long-lost sister; now seeking brother
The brother was born around 1941 and had the name Howard Hook.
Monday, February 2nd 2015, 3:27 pm EST by
Monday, February 2nd 2015, 5:25 pm EST
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man has been reunited with a sister he never knew he had -- and now he hopes to track down a long lost brother.
It was a secret that spanned decades. Charles Dingledine, age 65, believed he was an only child -- until he met his sister.
"I just met her yesterday," he said. "She's wonderful -- she really is."
Over the weekend, Dingledine was reunited with an older sister he never even knew he had. After his mother's death in 2003, his uncle told him he had an older brother. In 2005, he made a post on the Internet trying to find him, but never got any answers.
Ten years later, NovaJean Monroe, now 68, found his post, and after seeing they had the same birth mother, she called Dingledine and first talked to his wife.
"He called me, and said at first I thought it was a hoax, and then he called," she said. "We have an Uncle Jimmy, our mother's brother, and he said, 'No, she's telling you the truth. She is who she says she is.' It gives me chills right now."
Even their uncle didn't tell anyone. Their mother had three children, two were given up for adoption.
"He would've been 9 or 10 years old when this child was born and so he didn't know a whole lot about it," Dingledine said. "He remembers the girl real well. He said, 'Your mother had to go somewhere.' He said, 'I had a paper route' and he says, 'It cost $4 dollars a week where she stayed until she had the baby, and I paid the $4 dollars a week out of my paper route money.'"
At 8 months old, Monroe was adopted by a family and lived in Lawrenceburg. On their second time meeting, the two feel an instant bond.
"It's funny to talk to each other," Monroe said. "I put a picture on Facebook of us yesterday and everybody says, 'You look alike, you resemble each other!' He showed me pictures of my birth mother and grandmother and there is a resemblance from me to them. It's surreal."
But the search continues -- this time for their older brother.
Dingledine says, "His first name is Howard. His last name when he was born was Hook. It could be anything, you know. He was born around 1941. I do know his father's name was Edward Holloway, so that might be a big help."
Anyone with information on Howard can call us at WDRB.
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