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Plains woman finds sibling in Austrailia through DNA


January 3, 2019

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OVER THE PACIFIC newly unified siblings Rod Dillon of Australia (left), and Jo Ellen Morris of Plains (right), visit for the first time on Facebook Messenger. The siblings were unaware of one another until AncestryDNA connected them this last summer. Their father, Roy Holt, Sr., was enlisted in the Navy when his ship, the U.S. Muster Rolls, docked in Brisbane Australia in 1945.

Planted, uprooted and replanted... it's a good analogy for what has transpired between Plains resident Jo Ellen Morris and new-found brother Rodney Dillon, a native Australian.

It all started roughly 75 years ago when Morris's father, Roy Holt, Sr., served in the Navy. In February of 1945, Holt...

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