Lost Then Found


Lost: Trea­sured Wed­ding Ring
Amy Har­ris saw in the shal­low water along the bank of Red­fish Lake in Idaho wasn’t a bolt, as she suspected—it was a gold wed­ding band. She posted her find on Craigslist, but when no one had claimed the ring four months later, she all but gave up find­ing the owner.

Found: As a last-ditch effort, Harris’s hus­band Jody called his old friend, Richard Black, a jew­eler in the next town, for advice on what to do with the ring. Black asked, “Did you find it in Red­fish Lake?” The sur­prised cou­ple found out that Alair and Dana Schroeder had recently stopped by Black’s shop—to buy a replace­ment for the ring Alair lost that sum­mer at the lake. The same ring! Har­ris dropped off the band at Black’s shop, and, by Thanks­giv­ing, Alair had her ring back.


Lost: A Father’s World War II Medals
Rocco DiNo­bile, man­ager of a West Hol­ly­wood apart­ment build­ing, recently found a shock­ing trove in a laun­dry room locker: a 70-year-old box of mil­i­tary medals, includ­ing a Pur­ple Heart and a Sil­ver Star.

Found: From the paper­work in the box, DiNo­bile fig­ured out that the medals belonged to for­mer ten­ant Celia Markel, whose hus­band Hyman had died pro­tect­ing fel­low sol­diers from enemy fire in 1945—while she was preg­nant with their daugh­ter Hyla. With the help from Pur­ple Hearts Reunited, DiNo­ble returned the hero’s miss­ing medals to his daugh­ter. “[The medal] just con­firms what a great man my father was,” she said.


Lost: Once-in-a-Lifetime Vaca­tion Pho­tos
Mon­treal res­i­dents Shoshana and Dez thought their price­less pho­tos of New York City were gone for­ever after they lost their dig­i­tal camera’s mem­ory card dur­ing a 2008 trip. They posted an ad on Craigslist, but noth­ing turned up.

Found: The cou­ple was shocked when the mem­ory card arrived in the mail—three years later. Kelly Sul­li­van, a Museum of Mod­ern Art atten­dant who was work­ing the day Shoshana and Dez vis­ited, had noticed the tiny mem­ory card on the museum floor. She posted the pho­tos to ifoundyourcamera.net, where Nicole Backs, a stu­dent in British Colum­bia stum­bled on them while idly look­ing through pho­tos. Backs had rec­og­nized Shoshana as a friend of her mom’s, and the card made its way back home. “What were the odds?” said Backs.


Lost: A Wal­let Belong­ing to a Sol­dier Headed Home
It was the night before he was sup­posed to fly home. With­out real­iz­ing it, Amer­i­can solider Chad Reid dropped his wal­let on an Afghanistan street, los­ing his credit cards—and his all-important mil­i­tary I.D.

Found: Luck­ily, civil­ian air­craft mechanic Bill Peasley was look­ing down at just the right moment as he walked to din­ner that night, and he spot­ted the wal­let. After phone calls to Reid’s mother in Den­ver and grand­fa­ther in Penn­syl­va­nia, the the two men used Face­book to coor­di­nate in the few hours Reid had left before his plane. Reid got his wal­let back just in time to board his flight back to the States.







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