MILFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Rick George found something along the storm-tossed shore after Sandy: A keepsake box, filled with photos.
Some pictures were saturated with sea water, others were still intact.
George, an animal control officer, said the unusual wreckage washed up near the shelter he runs on the Silver Sands Road. He’s been trying to find the person they belong to for more than a week now.
“I’m worried that this is all they have left, and obviously there’s some special events portrayed here,” George told CBS 2’s Lou Young. “I’d like to see if we could get it back to the family.”
Some of the pictures were clearly taken in Italy: Rome and Venice were easily recognizable. One man with a receding hairline and a goatee appears in three different photos. A pug dog appears twice.
The storm surge came in high and hard from the southeast, but that isn’t much help figuring out where the pictures originated, Young reported. George believes the destruction was so widespread they could be from anywhere along the coast – or even from across the other side of the Long Island Sound.
The name Rich Schneider appears on the back of some photos. It seems those shots were developed at a Costco, but the store number is unknown to the company. It is similar to a store that operates in Newfoundland.
One unusual shot shows a model display of an igloo and penguins floating in water.
George told Young working on this mystery takes some of the sting out of what happened when the water rose.
“I think that’s what we all try to do as Americans, is to rescue something positive out of a disaster,” George said.
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