LAKEVILLE, Ind. — The three sisters still have a copy of the black-and-white photo that ran in a 1979 edition of the South Bend Tribune.

They were photographed with their adoptive parents, the whole family lounging on the floor while playing a board game in a cozy fireside nook at their Granger home.

Biological sisters Tammy, Rhonda and Crystal, then ages 4, 5 and 8, and their adoptive parents, Ronald and Marilyn Tohulka, were featured in an article about the joys of adopting older children and sibling groups.

But no one in the photo knew the story would have a sequel nearly four decades later. The new chapter to the family’s story came this summer when, thanks to their curiosity and a lot of help from modern technology, the sisters reunited with the biological brother they never knew existed.

Tammy Meuzelaar, 46, Rhonda Johnson, 43, and Crystal Moskwinski, 42, traveled to Columbus to meet their biological brother, Scott Weddle, for the first time after having discovered him through a DNA-based genealogy search about six months ago.

Read more in Friday’s Republic.

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