Call it something of an “international lost and found.”
Elliot Moritz returned from vacation last week with some extra baggage ... but it didn’t exactly weigh him down.
Moritz, of Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., recently returned from a trip to Aruba with his wife. The two had been longing to head back to the country since they’ve last visited it 40 years ago. While walking in the sand with his wife, Moritz stumbled upon a small memory card. Well … he probably didn’t actually stumble on it.
“My wife and I found a black Olympus memory card in the sand. I brought it home, took it to the local CVS and saw that it had 518 photos on it,” Moritz said.
Moritz said that photos included images from trips to New York City and Washington, D.C., and even some wedding photos, so he thought the owners might want the card back.
“I said to myself, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to find the person who lost this?’ There were really quite a few pictures on the card — and especially with the wedding photographs ...” Moritz said.
With images of the different cities on the card, it was hard to place the hometown on the owner. But one image stuck out.
Moritz said one of the photos was an image of a young man wearing an Abington track shirt. After some quick research, he reached out to Abington Patch.
“I figured the owner of the card may know a family in Abington,” Moritz said. “I did some research and found 'Abington, Pennsylvania,' and then I said, ‘What’s the local paper?’ and then I discovered you.”
Karma has already been good to Moritz. His wife had lost a diamond while on that vacation, but after he found the memory card, the diamond magically reappeared; he said he hopes his luck rubs off on the owner of the card.
“My wife thinks I’m crazy trying to hunt down the owner, but I really think he or she would want these photos back, and it’s something of a challenge for me,” Moritz said.
If you’ve been to Aruba — either recently or not-so-recently — and think that you lost a memory card, send an email to Abington Patch and we’ll make arrangements to get the card back.