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Man Looking For Owners Of Wedding Photos Found In Long Beach After Superstorm Sandy

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Editor’s Note: Thanks to you, our CBS New York audience, we have received a number of comments and claims about the photos in this story and will be looking into them. We hope to be able to bring you an update soon on this story.

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — It’s been nearly two years since Superstorm Sandy, yet lost photos and mementos continue to surface.

As CBS 2’s Emily Smith reported, a man who has had some wedding photos in his possession since the day after the storm is looking for the owners.

He found the pictures in Long Beach, Long Island, where some people lost everything.

“You never know,” he said. “I figure, try to find the rightful owner, even though it’s been a couple years already.”

Smith flipped the photos over to find that all of them are from April 2001. Some are wedding photos; others are group shots of a family.

One of several unidentified wedding and family photos found in Long Beach, Long Island shortly after Superstorm Sandy. (Credit: CBS 2)

One of several unidentified wedding and family photos found in Long Beach, Long Island shortly after Superstorm Sandy. (Credit: CBS 2)

“These may be nothing,” said the man who found them. “They may not even need these pictures. You never know.”

The man said he found the photos — 12, to be exact — behind a fence in an area authorized only for Long Island Rail Road workers.

He found them after 3 1/2 feet of water receded during extensive repairs to the railroad power substation.

Feeling overwhelmed by the storm’s aftermath, he placed the photos in a box and didn’t think of them until recently.

The man said he does not want any recognition; he just wants the pictures back in the hands of their rightful owner.

One of several unidentified wedding and family photos found in Long Beach, Long Island shortly after Superstorm Sandy. (Credit: CBS 2)

One of several unidentified wedding and family photos found in Long Beach, Long Island shortly after Superstorm Sandy. (Credit: CBS 2)

Last week, a wedding photo album that was carried by floodwaters to a driveway on Staten Island was reunited with its owners.

One of the couple’s daughters saw a report by CBS 2’s Tony Aiello on the album, and contacted her mother. The wedding photos showed Patricia and Paul Kearns’ wedding in 1966.

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