Real Names: Paul and Paula Scribner
Case: Lost Siblings
Location: Winter Haven, Florida
Date: January 1942
Details: Winter Haven, Florida resident Sue Scribner Thibodeaux is searching for her long lost siblings, a set of twins named Paul and Paula and nicknamed the "Coffee Pot Twins" because their combined weight equaled a bag of coffee. Sue learned about the twins in January 1957. She came home from church to find her mother Calista sitting in the kitchen and crying. Calista had a notepad with the names "Paul and Paula" written on it. Calista then told Sue about her twin siblings.
In January 1942, Calista went into labor two months early; they were born shortly after at Orange County General Hospital. Both twins had a heart and blood disorder among other medical problems. Dr. Harter told the Scribners that the twins' medical bills would be too expensive for them. Dr. Harter knew a family that could adopt the twins and pay for their bills.
Calista's husband Clyde was willing to go through with the adoption, but Calista was uncertain; Clyde eventually persuaded her to give the twins away. After giving the twins up for adoption, Calista made a promise to Dr. Harter that she would never look for the twins.
In 1944, Clyde and Calista divorced; she remarried, and she and her new husband raised ten children. After Calista passed away in 1979, Sue enlisted the entire family to search for the twins. However, the search was difficult because Clyde and Dr. Harter were also deceased by this point and the hospital records were sealed.
In 1987, Sue's cousin found a letter that Calista had written to her sister. The letter, which was about the twins, surprisingly did not mention adoption. In fact, it seemed that Calista had every intention of bringing the twins home. However, the letter did not explain why Calista decided to give the twins up for adoption.
The letter sparked new interest in the search. Several newspaper articles were published about the twins. In May 1990, one of Sue's nieces received a phone call from someone who claimed to know the twins. The woman sounded elderly and emotional. Although she would not say what her relationship was to the twins, she did claim that she would tell them that they were adopted on Mother's Day. However, the Scribners never heard from the woman or the twins.
In a last-ditch effort, Sue wrote an open letter to the twins, which was published in Florida and Louisiana newspapers. She and her siblings are still hoping to reunited with Paul and Paula Scribner.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the October 9, 1991 episode.
Results: Solved. Ten days after the broadcast, a viewer contacted Sue Scribner and told her that the twins were living in Orlando, Florida. Their names are now Bruce Cashion and Barbara Oscavich. They were surprised to learn that they were adopted but were overjoyed to learn that their birth family was looking for them. A few weeks later, Bruce and Barbara were reunited with their siblings.