Concerned American widower launches online appeal to find British relative believed to be in Spain’s Alicante on the Costa Blanca

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An American widower is appealing for help in tracing his late British wife’s brother, who moved to Costa Blanca’s Alicante three years ago.

Norm Carmack, from Texas, America, lost touch with his brother-in-law, Michael Browne, 80, a year ago, 12 months after the death of wife Josephine, aged 77.

And concerned for his relative’s health, after Michael revealed he was having health issues in his last correspondence, Norm has taken to social media, posting an appeal for help on British in Alicante’s Facebook page.

His very first post on the site reads: Hello to all you Lovely Tea-sippers there in Alicante….. My name is Norm Carmack and my Darlin’ little wife was born in London during the Blitz , educated in Cheltenham, then back to London where I took her from you in 1963.

My Wife, Josephine passed away just two years ago at the young age of 77.

My main reason for asking to join your page here is in hopes one or more of you can help me in locating my Brother-in-law, Michael Browne…. he is married to Gala, from Russia…. and they are(were) living in Alicante. We were always in frequent communication with one another until just over a year ago when he stopped responding..(always via email)… and I’m worried he might be in ill health or perhaps moved away.

I found your (British in Alicante Facebook) page here due to Michael once telling me that when I come for a visit, if I need a rental car, that I should contact his friend, Keith Elks of LuzCars who could help me with that…. and I was looking for Keith Elks, hoping that he might shed some light on Michael’s current status.

So….Now, it is possible that I may have many more eyes and ears that may know of Michael and Gala and can put me in touch with them…. The last address that I had for

them was: Calle Manuel De Falla 20(21) 03189

Orihuela Villamartin, Spain (which I believe to be in Alicante).

Could you please think and maybe ask around about Michael for me when you are speaking with another of your Ex-Pats there? I thank you ever so much for helping me with this dilemma.

Thank you ever so much…my email is:

[email protected] and my cell phone here in

Austin, Texas is 512-517-5874….

Cheerio Pip!



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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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