Real Name: Christopher Kurowski
Case: Lost Son
Details: Christopher Kurowski is the son of Helena and Apolinary Kurowski and brother of Mechelle Kurowski. Helena had previously married an infantryman who was later killed by the Nazis. Helena was taken prisoner and forced to be a nurse in a German POW camp for six years. Shortly before the end of the war, a German soldier helped Helena to escape. She was in Austria, then occupied by the Allies, when a Polish Red Cross worker picked her up. The worker, Apolinary, cared for Helena; the two fell in love and married.
They stayed in Austria and in October 1946, adopted an infant, Christopher. Within a month, the Kurowskis moved to England to be in a refugee camp. Apolinary worked as a mechanic; Mechelle was born in 1950. Mechelle's only memory of Christopher involved the two of them having fun and playing in their yard.
The Kurowskis wanted to emigrate to the United States. However, the process took several months. Another family in the camp was more successful. The father of this family asked the Kurowskis if Christopher would go with them. The Kurowskis agreed because they wanted Christopher to start school in America. Helena was hesitant, but Apolinary insisted that he would get a better education in the United States.
Weeks passed as Helena and Apolinary waited for their visas. Outlandish rumors began to spread through the refugee camp. Helena soon became too afraid to go to the United States. The Kurowskis made the decision to withdraw their visas. They asked the other family to send Christopher back to them. However, the other family claimed that Christopher had settled in the United States and they did not want to send him back.
Apolinary went to the Polish Consulate in an attempt to get Christopher back from the United States. However, all of Christopher's adoption papers and other records were sent to America, so it was impossible for the Kurowskis to get him back. For years, The Kurowskis sent letters to the family that had taken Christopher to America; however, they never received a response.
In 1966, when Mechelle turned sixteen, she decided that she would find her brother. Mechelle wrote a letter to the American embassy. Two months later, she received a reply from Christopher. He said that he had been drafted and was in Vietnam. He also said that he was now going by the name "Stan Smith". Mechelle wrote another letter back to him, but the Kurowskis never heard from him again.
In 1973, Mechelle moved to the United States. After Apolinary died, Helena also moved to the United States. Sadly, in April 1992, she also passed away. Her dying wish was that her children would someday be reunited.
Extra Notes: This case was first aired on the October 13, 1993 episode.
Results: Solved. After this story re-aired in 1996, Christopher's adopted sister Rose called the telecenter. Christopher, whose adopted name is Christopher Bugajewski, is now living in New York; a month later, he and Mechelle were reunited at her home in Houston, Texas. At the reunion, Mechelle met Christopher's wife Ellen, and he met her husband Derek, their children and grandchildren.