Sunday, August 30, 2015

The power of social media to solve a mystery case

A nameless man brought garbage bags full of photos and priceless documents into 2News studios one morning and asked that they be given to the rightful owner. He only said he found them in a car wash trash can in downtown Salt Lake City. Then he was gone.

As the social media lead at KUTV2News, I posted some photos on our Facebook page and a story on our website asking for help from the public to identify anyone in these photos. Some photos were a dated back to the mid 1900s, while others were birthday cards from the '90s, or Catholic baptismal records. Within a few hours we found the owners. We were able to help find the owner of hundreds of lost photos and get them back to their rightful owners.

2News reporter Dan Rascon tells the rest of the story about how they got lost in the first place in his "Inside The Story."