Charlotte Burian

Charlotte Burian in 1961

Real Name: Charlotte Burian
Case: Lost Daughter
Location: Kaiserslautern, Germany
Date: 1961


Details: Gerda Burian is searching for her long-lost daughter Charlotte whom she gave up for adoption decades earlier. Gerda gave birth to Charlotte in Kaiserslautern, Germany, in 1960. One year later, Gerda fell seriously ill; she entrusted Charlotte with the people she worked for, a U.S. Army family from Texas. They adopted Charlotte and brought her with them to the United States. Gerda recovered from her illness and later emigrated to the United States as well. She is now hoping to reunited with her daughter.
Extra Notes: The original airdate is November 3, 1995; the update aired on February 2, 1996.

Charlotte and Gerda reunited

Charlotte and Gerda reunited

Results: Solved. On the night of the broadcast, Charlotte's adopted sister was watching. She told Charlotte about the search; soon, she contacted Unsolved Mysteries. Incredibly, she lives in Foster City, California, just ten minutes away from her mother Gerda. Gerda and her daughter, now Charlotte Henderson, were reunited just five days after the case aired. Gerda was overjoyed to learn that Charlotte had also been looking for her, and that she also has four grandchildren.
Just one week after their reunion, Charlotte was by her mother's side for another very important moment in Gerda's life: the swearing in ceremony for her U.S. citizenship.
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