Civil War-era items discovered in burglary sting

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GOLDEN, Colo. – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public's help in returning some century-old items to their rightful owners.

In 2010, evidence investigators found a tin container full of old photos and documents from the late 1800s and early 1900s. The container was recovered from a burglary case involving two men who broke into more than 40 storage units in the greater metro area.

“Well, we’ve certainly never had anything like this before. This is unique,” said Kim Van Norman, an evidence technician with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office believes the photos originated from Tacony, Pa. A few names were associated with them, including Richard and Emma Stull.

Apparently, Richard Stull was honorably discharged from the Civil War. Several documents discuss a burial site, compensation letters and poetry.

“Somebody will get tracked down,” Van Norman said.

Van Norman is confident she’ll find the rightful owners, eventually. For now, the items remain locked up in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office evidence locker room.

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