READING, Pa. — It began with a textual content message.
“I used to be despatched a nonetheless shot of my brother who I haven’t seen in 14 and a half years,” mentioned Michele Ochranek of Pottstown.
The nonetheless shot snapped from a 69 Information story involving a current taking pictures in Studying at Brookline Park – and an interview with a person on the road.
“I must return and it was pause, play, pause, play,” mentioned Ochranek. “Attempting to simply wrap my head round all that.”
The person – Michele Ochranek’s brother – Chris Ritter.
“I’m not an emotional particular person however this acquired me actually good,” mentioned Ochranek. “This sat with me for the final two weeks now.”
She says an argument despatched them aside and the times and weeks was years. A mountain of feelings constructed up – together with so many questions.
“The place have you ever been, what have you ever been doing, how can I discover you?,” mentioned Ochranek.
This story speaks to the randomness of life and for Michele seeing her brother in a information piece who on the time was solely a few half hour from her.”
“It’s bizarre to assume you possibly can lower ties with a lot, with such a brief distance,” Ochranek mentioned.
As she appears to be like by previous images of her together with her different brothers – Chris sporting the Flyers hat – she says this newest picture of him offers her hope.
“Seeing that he’s okay and he’s alive,” mentioned Ochranek mentioned. “I used to be crammed with a lot gratitude in that second.”
Now – as soon as once more – she waits – as she has for 14 years – and hopes he sees this story – identical to she noticed his.
“No judgments of something that’s been occurring,” she mentioned. “I simply need a relationship with my brother.”
Ochranek’s brother has since reached out to 69 Information and requested for her contact info.