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Family unites for first time in 40 years

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After more than four decades, a mother, sister and brother are together.

Darren and Cindy Clarke embrace after being apart for more than 40 years. (Photo: WJLA)

The reunion involves a divorce, two countries and finally, a long car ride from Corpus Christi, Texas to Centreville, Va.

Darren Graham found out only a week ago that he needed to buy additional Christmas presents and add another stocking in his Fairfax County home.

From the time Graham was a little boy, his mother told him he had a big sister. But until a week ago, he didn't know her name was Cindy Clarke and that she lived in Southwest England.

When Clarke was only 2-years-old, her parents split up. Clarke remained with her father in England. Her mother, Marie Cormier, had Graham two years later and moved to America.

The family remained separated by an ocean for 43 years.

"I've been trying to find my mom since 11, 12 years old and I've drawn blanks everywhere," Clarke said.

Clarke's persistence paid off. A month ago she tracked down her mother in Texas. Last week, they were reunited.

On Wednesday, it was Darren's turn to meet his sister.

"That hole in my heart is finally going to get filled," Graham said.

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