Real Name: Dolores Wynn Ford
Case: Lost Sibling
Location: Los Angeles, California
Details: Irene Love of Los Angeles, California, is searching for her long-lost sister Dolores Ford, whom she hasn't seen since she was a child. For years, Irene had believed that Dolores was just a close friend. However, in 1962, she made a surprising discovery in her mother's bedroom. In a metal box, she found some old papers that were dated around 1942; she then found a birth certificate with the name "Irene Wynn" and the parents' names as "Glenn and Ramona". The birth date, June 10, 1946, was the same as Irene's birth date. When her mother came home, she showed her the paper and her mother told her that she was adopted. Her adoptive parents, Forrest and Minnie Love, had brought her home on June 3, 1946; the couple could not have children on their own.
Dolores Ford, who was one year older than Irene, was the only child of the Love's best friends, and she and Irene soon became best friends. They went on camping trips, visited parks and lakes, and always spent time with each other. They also always spent Christmas together.
As Irene's mother told her more about her adoption, she asked her to remember the restaurant Clifton's where the Loves took her every Sunday. Irene learned that her birth mother, Ramona, worked there. This was the only way that she could watch their daughter grow up. Irene's birth father, Glenn, also began working at the restaurant sometime later. Irene's adoptive parents purposefully placed themselves in a part of the restaurant where Glenn and Ramona could always view their child, whom they had been too poverty-stricken to raise themselves.
When Irene was ten, Dolores's mother passed away from a kidney disease. After that, Dolores seemed to disappear from Irene's life. When Irene's mother finally told her the truth, she learned what happened to Dolores: her adoptive father had sent her to live with Glenn and Ramona Wynn. The reason: Dolores was also their daughter, meaning that Irene and Dolores were actually sisters. Irene's mother was afraid that she would lose Irene to Ramona if she still spent time with Dolores.
In 1989, after her adoptive parents passed away, Irene found herself drawn back to her old neighborhood, reliving the happy times she spent with Dolores. Irene hopes to renew these happy times with Dolores, especially now knowing that she is her sister.
Irene, however, has little to go on, as the Wynns moved away in the 1950s and lost contact with the Loves. She knows that Dolores and their parents moved to Second Street in Los Angeles in 1956. Irene is still hoping to find Dolores, along with her parents, Glenn and Ramona Wynn, if they are still alive.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the February 10, 1993 episode.
Results: Unresolved. Records show that Glenn Wynn passed away in Gardena, California, in 1988. Other records show that a "Delores Wynn Henderson" who was born in 1945, passed away in Los Angeles in 1991; however, it is unknown if this was actually Dolores Ford.
Sadly, Irene Love passed away in 2012. Her granddaughter reported that she was able to locate some of her birth family, but not all of them. It is unknown if she ever located Dolores.