“Word just came down from TNT that we need to get to work immediately, and that’s why I’m talking to you,” Dunn told me in an interview last week. “I’m hoping to reach your listener and reader who really, really need a miracle in their life. I want them to contact us immediately at our website, www.TroyTheLocator.com/ABP. Fill out the form, tell us your story and we’ll read it tonight.”
Dow: How will the new series be different from what you’ve done before?
Dunn: TNT is giving us access to resources that we’ve not had before, so the value and volume of cases we can work on is significant. We now have the ability to seek cases that, in the past, we just couldn’t reach. Most importantly, this time around we are involving the viewers to be part of our locating team. We’ll soon announce a public app that they can download for free. When my team and I are out working on cases, we’ll send out search requests to people who have my app hoping they might have leads for us. It will only send you an alert if the case is in your area. You could actually help us crack cases. We’re counting on that. We’ve never done this before. We’ve only ever used my internal team of researchers and investigators but now, anyone who wants to join my locating team will have the chance to sit and crack cases with my staff.
Dow: Do you ever find people who just don’t want to be found?
Dunn: Every day. There’s a myth that time heals all wounds. It doesn’t. Words do. Some people just sit on their pain for the rest of their life, while others get the courage to say, “I’m going to contact him one more time and try to work this out.” If they ask, I attempt to facilitate some communication. After doing this thousands of times you begin to see patterns on how to help people heal.
Dow: Of the more than 40,000 cases you have worked on, could you share one that you look back on and think, “That was amazing. I can’t believe I was part of that?”
Dunn: There are so many, but if I have to pick one I’ll tell you about a case that happened early on in my career involving a car accident where an 11-year-old girl was injured. Her adopted parents were at the hospital with her, and the doctor said, “We need a biological match to save her life.” The girl’s nurse had seen me on a show and contacted our office’s emergency line. We tracked down the birth mother and woke her up at 4 in the morning. She said, “Oh my gosh. I’ve never told my husband about her.” I told her, “Just say out loud, ‘You have the wrong number,’ hang up on me and I’ll never bother you again. But, before you do, you need to know that this little girl is seriously injured and she needs you.” She said, “This is as good a time as any to tell him.” She woke him up, told him and he said, “Go to her.” We had a MedEvac ready and flew her to the hospital, where she met the woman for the first time who had adopted her baby. They had the little girl prepped for the procedure. They did the medical procedure and flew the mother home three days later. To this day, that 11-year old girl has no idea that, while she slept, her birth mother flew in and saved her life. It’s those experiences that push me forward every day.
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