This is the type of story that turns a bad day to awesome.
Yesterday, we published a heartwarming story of a love torn ex-soldier, Warren Holbrook, who sought help from the public to track down his Malaysian former fiancee after their break-up 47 years ago.
The story became a national sensation overnight and now, his hopes for a reunion might just came to a fruitful end.
According to a report by The Star, the lucky lady, Wan Jamilah Wan Hussein, is now married and living in Australia with her husband, two children and a grandchild.
The former flames were connected by Jamilah’s ex-brother-in-law, who read about Holbrook’s search on The Star yesterday.
â€œThe first call I received was from Jamilahâ€™s former brother-in-law at around 9.30am. He was in Kuala Lumpur when he called me,â€ said the ecstatic 69-year-old.
â€œAt around 10.15am, I got a call from her,â€ Holbrook added.
â€œJamilah now lives in Melbourne and was surprised that I was looking for her. She was pleased and we spoke for about 10 minutes,â€ he said, adding that Jamilah married an Australian in 1971.
â€œShe has a daughter who is 41 and a son who is 39. I now have her contact number and we will keep in touch.
â€œJamilah still comes back to Penang at least once a year, usually in April, to visit relatives,â€ said Holbrook, who was thankful for the former brother-in-lawâ€™s effort.
â€œI used to stay with him whenever I came down from Kluang, Johor, to see Jamilah (in Penang), and he would lend me his motorcycle so I could go see her,â€ he recalled.
Holbrookâ€™s cellphone has been ringing almost non-stop since his story was published.
â€œI received numerous calls and text messages. Some of them wished me luck in finding Jamilah, while others said they would help me find her.
â€œSome even had ideas as to where she might be,â€ he said.
â€œOverwhelmed is an understatement. I am grateful for everyoneâ€™s help and concern, and would like to thank everyone for their well wishes,â€ said Holbrook, who spent the whole of yesterday morning answering calls and replying to text messages.
He was also interviewed over the phone by a Malaysian radio station yesterday.
â€œI told them all that I had found her,â€ said Holbrook, who has never married. We’re excited for a follow-up of this decades-long tale of romance! MYNEWSHUB