Sylvia wemhoff

Real Name: Unrevealed
Case: Lost Brother
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Date: 1921


Details: Sylvia Wemhoff was born in 1918 in Brooklyn, New York and orphaned by 1921. She was one of several children who rode the orphan trains operating from 1854 to 1929, shuttling parentless children from New York to new homes in the Midwest. Sadly, many of them were separated from their siblings as a result. In 1921, Sylvia was sent to Columbus, Nebraska where she was adopted by the Mick family. Her birth parents were dead and she knew nothing about them. When she was seventeen, she began asking her adoptive parents about her birth parents. Years later, she located her birth certificate, which stated that her birth name was "Stephanie Wolk" and that her mother, Pauline Vitovich, an immigrant from Austria, already had another child. She is now looking for her long-lost brother, sister, or any other siblings she may have.

Joseph and Sylvia reunited

Sylvia and Joseph reunited

Extra Notes: This case first aired on the January 25, 1989 episode on orphan trains along with Margaret Murphy.
Results: Solved. Sylvia's brother, seventy-two-year-old Joseph Wolk, was found living in New York. His stepdaughter was watching the broadcast and recognized his mother's name as the same as Sylvia's. A few weeks after the broadcast, they were reunited. Sadly, they have since passed away.