Gary beckman

Gary Beckman

Real Name: Gary Beckman
Case: Lost Brother
Location: New York
Date: 1939


Details: Gary Beckman is the long-lost brother of Gwen Sanders of Corinth, New York. He was born on June 7, 1935 to Katherine Beckford and Andrew Rosling, an unmarried couple. When Gary was just an infant, Andrew left Katherine to raise Gary and Gwen by herself. Katherine worked as a waitress to support her children. The Winch family, who had known Katherine since childhood, helped her raise the children. When Katherine had Gary baptized, she told Florence Winch that she had to move to another city to work for her uncle, but she could not bring Gary and Gwen with her. The Winch family agreed to take care of Gary; Gwen went to live with Katherine's parents.

Gwen Sanders

Three years passed, but Katherine visited Gary as much as possible. Unfortunately, Katherine's financial situation was not improving, and in 1939, Child Welfare Services contacted her. She believed that the papers they gave her would allow Florence to keep Gary, but in reality, the papers allowed Gary to be put up for adoption. Florence tried to adopt Gary, but she was not allowed since she was unmarried. Florence's parents tried to adopt Gary, but they were too old to be adoptive parents, according to the adoption agency. In early spring of 1939, a county welfare worker informed the Winchs that Gary would be taken away for adoption. One morning, the welfare worker showed up and took Gary away from the Winch family. Gary was taken to New York and was never seen again. Katherine and Gwen were eventually reunited, but Katherine died in 1984 without ever seeing her son again. Gwen and Florence are now hoping to reunite with Gary.
Extra Notes: This segment was featured as part of the April 3, 1991 episode.
Results: Unresolved. After the segment, Gwen was able to get in contact with one of Gary's daughters. Gwen learned that Gary was adopted in 1941 and renamed Robert Ernest Lundstrom. He married and had three children: Kristina, Bruce, and Debbie. However, surprisingly, Robert vanished sometime in 1964 from Huntington, New York and has never been found. Gwen and his children are now searching together for what happened to Gary/Robert.
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