Photos recovered by good Samaritan make it to their owner

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- First, I guess we say thank you to viewers who helped put a woman with hundreds of photos, found blowing in the wind, in touch with the family they had gone missing from.

Okay, that is a kind of twisted sentence. But when Suzanne Morrison of Bailey spotted the family photos at Wadsworth and Jefferson just off Hampden, no one seemed to know who the family was.

Thanks to the mystery and power of the Internet and the reach of television news, we were able to track down who people in some of the pictures were and how a family from Greenville, Illinois turned up in a box of photos in Littleton, Colorado.

“I just knew someone was missing their family memories,” said Morrison. “My whole goal was to find the folks who lost the pictures, and I am so glad you (FOX31 Denver) were able to open the search window to find Ron Bernall.”

Turns out, the older couple from Greenville had several children, one of whom moved to Denver, married into the Bernall family and had three boys.

One of those boys is Ron, who was a South Metro Firefighter and in one of the pictures –20 years old—was seen standing with his rig and buddies.

It was those two images that helped us find the Bernalls.

Ron is also Cassie Bernall’s uncle. She was one of the students who died in the shootings at Columbine High School.

A family from Greenville passing through Denver saw our first report, recognized the grandparents, called home to double check on the names in the newspaper, and then called us.

Ron’s mom called in and we were able to make the 6th degree of separation connection!

I feel like Jim Rockford! Lost photos one day, lost diamonds the next.

What a great week of good stories about the good in all of us here in the greatest state with the greatest people. Big shout-out to US.

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