'My concern was it could be a day too late': Woman finds biological brother after taking DNA test

Sally Laurent and her long-lost brother are now planning a family reunion decades in the making.


When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., Sally Laurent knew there were people she still wanted to meet.

"My concern was it could be a day too late," she said.

She and her older half-sister were both adopted as babies.

"I always knew. I didn't know what (adoption) meant. I always thought it was just another way of being born," she explained.

The two girls were raised Jewish by their adoptive parents on Long Island, but Laurent always wondered who her biological relatives were.

So, she took a DNA test using 23andMe.

"I discovered there was not one ounce of Jewish blood in me," she said.

She found out she's Italian and German. She also discovered that her biological brother, Bob Stanco, is alive and living on Long Island.

After connecting with several relatives, she eventually got in touch with him by calling him from her home in Vermont.

"When she reached out, to her this is her blood. (It's) something she never had," said Stanco.

Laurent is a sister Stanco never knew he had.

"They didn't even know I existed," said Laurent.

"I knew I had a brother and a sister, full-blooded who lived with me growing up. Prior to that, I had no idea about anyone until my parents passed away," said Stanco.

He now knows he's one of seven children his mother gave birth to.

Right now, he's looking forward to making up for lost time with his long-lost sister.

"We know that once (the pandemic) clears up, we're going to make a bee-line to her (in Vermont)," said Stanco.

It'll be a heartwarming family reunion decades in the making.