Real Name: Michael Seymour
Case: Lost Father
Details: German-born Christoph Bauer is looking for his father, Michael Seymour, who was from Canada. In the summer of 1955, Maria Hoffman, a twenty-year-old exchange student from Germany, found work at the Hotel Moraine near Chicago, Illinois. Maria had spent the past year studying in the United States; she needed money for her return trip to Germany. One day, she ran into another worker named Michael Seymour, who was also in his early twenties. The two began a summer romance, a romance that Maria kept secret for nearly thirty years until the spring of 1983. In the ensuing years, Maria had returned to Germany, married, became a mother and a grandmother. Her oldest son Christoph was in the Air Force; while visiting him, Maria made the stunning confession that the man who raised Christoph was not his real father. Christoph's real father was, in fact, Michael Seymour.
Maria explained that during the summer of 1955, she and Michael had fell in love with each other. However, the love affair became much more serious when Maria discovered that she was pregnant. Maria was afraid because she was in a foreign country with little money. Also, she knew that Michael did not make much income as well. In October 1955, Maria made the difficult decision to return to Germany to have her baby without Michael. The couple planned to get together after Christoph's birth. However, Maria never saw Michael Seymour again.
Christoph was born in Germany on May 22, 1956; shortly thereafter, Maria married a college professor that would become Christoph's stepfather. After revealing the truth, Maria gave Christoph four letters from his father, the last written in 1958. The letters included two photographs of Michael Seymour. Christoph wrote to the four return addresses on the envelopes but received no response. Government agencies in Canada and the United States had no records of Michael. Also, the Hotel Moraine had since burned to the ground.
However, a cousin of Maria's, who lived in Chicago, had received several phone calls from Michael. The phone calls continued for at least twenty years; he often asked about Maria and Christoph. In 1976, Maria's cousin moved; this was the last time anyone had contact with Michael. Sadly, in 1984, Maria Hoffman passed away at the age of forty-nine.
Today, Christoph Bauer is a Captain with the German Air Force; since 1991, he has lived with his family in the United States. Christoph still hopes to be reunited with is father. Michael Seymour's last name may actually be pronounced "Say-more". He is believed to be a native of Canada and may have worked in the advertising business.
Extra Notes: This segment was featured as part of the November 10, 1993 episode; it was updated on April 6, 1994.
Some sources spell Michael's last name as "Saymore".
Results: Unresolved. Michael's family was located in Canada, but Michael Seymour has still not been found. He has also used the names, Michael B. Samor and Walter Stoqua. Michael would now be between eighty and ninety years of age.