Local family helps with search for relative lost in WWII

70 years later a soldier's dog tags are unearthed

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - An unlikely find is igniting hope for a suburban Delray Beach family that has waited almost 70 years for answers.

Private First Class Bernard Gavrin went missing in action in the Pacific during World War II. His remains were never found. 

Then last year, a Japanese group searching for the remains of Japanese soldiers from WWII found Gavrin's dog tags in a mass grave.

"The word stunned and shocked is very fitting. Shock and gratification for the people who helped in this search," said Rogers.

David sent in a sample of his DNA to find out if his uncle is among the humans remains discovered. 

"Even though the remains were dug up right where they found the dog tags it's a touch and go situation, most times there isn't a match. But hopefully we're one of the exceptions," said Rogers.

It's a possibility the whole family is holding out for.

"It's been one of the most exciting things that's ever happened to them. It's brought them closer," said Judy Rogers, David's wife.

"The word closure is bantered around and it's acceptable, and it can't be replaced," said Rogers.

David is working with a national group that helps identify military members who were prisoners of war or missing in action. It could take up to a year to figure out if David's DNA is a match.