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Gov. Rockefeller Joins Search for His Son in New Guinea

Nov. 22, 1961 - Governor Rockefeller (third from right) of New York reached the capital of the southern region of Dutch New Guinea today and surveyed by air the desolate swampy coast where his son Michael is missing. Earlier in Hollandia, about 420 miles to the north, Dutch Gov. P. J. Platteel had warned the Governor and his daughter, Mrs. Mary Rockefeller Strawbridge, against optimism. “You should not have too much hope,” said Gov. Platteel gravely. At this, Mrs. Strawbridge, 23-year-old twin of the missing Michael, gave way to tears for the first time since the painful journey began from New York International Airport last Sunday night. All the way across the American continent and the Pacific Ocean, Governor Rockefeller kept telling his daughter there was a good chance Michael was still alive.


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