19 Action News Gets Action: Man reclaims long-lost camera

NORTH OLMSTED, OH (WOIO) - It was a mystery that North Olmsted police were determined to solve, a lost camera with hundreds of pictures.

In August of 2008, someone found the camera at Pine Elementary School and turned it over to police. It was never claimed, and police planned to take it to auction.

Then on Tuesday, 19 Action News aired the story, and at least a dozen people called the police station and said they recognized the pictures.

A short time later, Matt Ahearn showed up at the police station unannounced, looking to get his camera and pictures back. He was very grateful to police and to 19 Action News.

"He was very surprised," said North Olmsted Detective Bud Branscum. "One, that we could take the time to look into something like this, and two, that someone would turn the camera in. When we saw the photos, he was very pleased. This was a portion of his life, his son's life."

The camera was turned into police by Mike Molar. Ahearn didn't want to go on camera, but sent a text to 19 Action News that read:

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"It was very genuine of Mike to turn the camera in, and it's a great reminder of where we live…a city full of great people.  I'm glad to call it home."

A picture perfect ending.

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{to lose these photos for any one of us it would mean a lot it would hurt.}