Calgary’s Search Angel Hopes to Reunite 2 Brothers and Solve a 73-Year-Old Mystery | The Canadian News

Michael Casey is 75 years old and lives in Australia. She is on a desperate search for a brother she recently found out that she has.

Michael Casey and his wife Ade.

Courtesy: Michael Casey

“I was born in May 1946 and he was born in May 1948,” Casey said.

He only found out about his younger brother when a family member shared old newspaper clippings with him. His brother’s birth made headlines in Calgary because his mother dropped him off at a doctor’s office when he was 10 days old.

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Brother of Michael who was abandoned in the Calgary doctor’s office in 1948.

Courtesy: Michael Casey

“I can understand how horrible it would have felt to have to do that kind of thing,” Casey said.

In 1948, Marg Casey was 22 years old. On a train from Regina bound for Calgary, I was desperate but not alone. She was traveling with her newborn baby, red and healthy.

Newspaper clipping.

Courtesy: Michael Casey

She was not married and when that train stopped in downtown Calgary, she saw a sign in a second-floor window of the grain exchange building, Dr. Beauchemin’s office.

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Photo of Dr. Beauchemin's office.

Photo of Dr. Beauchemin’s office.

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He entered chatted with the nurse who left the room for a moment, when she returned the baby wrapped in a blue and white blanket was abandoned.

Newspaper article about Michael’s mother, Marg Casey.

Courtesy: Michael Casey

“I got angrier at Marg, thinking, ‘This is so unfair’ and I carried some anger. But after reading those newspaper articles, my anger softened, ”Casey said. “There would have been no support for single mothers back then.”

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Photo of Marg and unknown man.

Courtesy: Michael Casey

Casey’s biological mother, Marg Casey, died without revealing this to her. But there were other secrets that he never knew until he became an adult. For an important part of his life, he was led to believe that his mother, Marg, was his sister.

“My grandparents who adopted me are my mom and dad to me and all my uncles and aunts are my brothers and sisters with me growing up,” Casey said.

The Casey family.

Courtesy: Michael Casey

He wanted to know more about his story, particularly his brother and searched, but found nothing. She received an offer of help from a search angel in Calgary: Jacqueline Hoare.

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“With COVID, we were all at home and I had free time and I solved about 25 searches, which means bringing together parents and babies who are now adults,” Hoare said. “Imagine a birth mother, each birthday wondering, ‘What are they like?’ As an adoptee, you ask yourself, ‘Who do I look like? Who are my people? ‘”

Because this case has ties to Calgary, she was drawn to it.

“My heart exploded when I saw the case,” he said.

“Bring people home and bring someone who looks like them,” Hoare said. “This is his story and this is the part that he has missed for most of his life.”

She analyzed newspaper articles and tried to trace any connections.

“Marg already had Michael and he was raised by her grandparents, so I think she couldn’t imagine facing her parents with another newborn baby and what was she going to do?” Hoare said. “I don’t approve of what he did, but he did the best he could in a crisis and there was nothing for these young women.”

Along with the help of another family member in New Brunswick, they have run out of leads.

“We have done our due diligence. They did DNA testing through his ancestry and we followed leads through avenues of coincidences and we have so much research to find him and we hit a brick wall, ”Hoare said.

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“Finding a brother, it would be exciting to just make contact and I would love to know what his life journey has been,” said Casey.

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