The Camarena Siblings

Real Name: Phyllis, Rosemary, Nancy, and Robert Camarena
Case: Lost Siblings
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Date: November 26, 1956


Details: When she was three, Dolores "Lori" DeLorme Magnin was adopted under mysterious circumstances by a family in Kansas City, Missouri, and reasons for her adoption were kept secret by her adopted family. Lori had no idea what had happened to her birth parents or her brother and three sisters. As she grew up, Lori searched for her birth family, only to find that her mother, Francis Camarena, had died years earlier.

Lori Magnin

Along with her husband and son, Lori searched the Kansas City Star for any information about her mother. On the front page of a newspaper on November 27, 1956, the day of Francis's death, was a picture of Lori with her four siblings (shown above). The article told her what happened: her mother had been murdered. During the pre-dawn hours of November 26, 1956, Lori's father Alexander arrived drunk in their home. He had a handgun and told Francis that he could hold it to her head and it wouldn't go off, but it did, and she died the next day. Alexander Camarena was convicted of second degree murder and died in St. Louis, Missouri in 1991. His three children and two step-daughters, Phyllis, Rosemary, Lori, Nancy, and Robert were all given up for adoption, and Lori is still searching for them.

Lori with family

Lori reunited with her family

Extra Notes: This segment was featured as part of the July 9, 2001 episode.
Results: Solved. Just minutes after the broadcast, Ruth Crook, Lori's biological cousin, called the telecenter. A friend of Ruth had seen the story and told Ruth that her cousin was looking for her and the rest of their family.
Three weeks later, Lori was at her adopted sister's house where she was reunited with her older biological sister Rosemary, along with her cousin Ruth, and several other cousins, aunts, and uncles. Lori's oldest sister Phyllis was unable to attend the reunion, but the two reunited later. Sadly, Lori's youngest sibling, her brother Robert, died in 1982. The last sibling, Nancy, was located after the reunion was held.
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