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July 6, 2009

Siblings reunite after 41 year separation

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DUNCAN —

Wilkerson and the family have tried to make contact with the newfound sibling, but so far their outreach has remained fruitless. They also wonder whether there are other siblings they don’t know about.

“Dad was kind of a drifter,” Hague said.

The siblings’ father died in June of 1986 in the Arizona desert as he was traveling from California to Oklahoma.

He missed his bus in Phoenix and wandered outside to the freeway. He was found three weeks later under a tree with his boots and hat by his side. But while he was alive, he made sure to stay in contact with his children, rare as it was, although he seemed to know what was always happening with the siblings.

“Somehow, he kept up with all of us,” Hague said. “It’s really amazing, the more you think about it. We don’t know how he did it.”

Hague now lives in Duncan, Batterton lives near the traditional family homestead in Sulphur and Manous lives in Ada.

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