Lost photo card returned thanks to social media

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and apparently it’s worth more than 2,400 shares on Facebook. A Wilmington man found a memory card with pictures on it, and he used social media to find the owner.

“My phone couldn’t stop ringing,” Patrick Riley said.

Riley was surprised to hear from Facebook that someone was looking for him.

“People telling me they saw me online,” Riley said.

His family’s picture was posted online by Jason Velie. Walking through a Lowe’s parking lot, Velie found an SD card with Riley’s family pictures.

“I found a family picture,” Velie said. “I figured people would probably be able to recognize them and I uploaded it to Facebook.”

The post that generated more than 2,400 shares led Velie to the man in the picture.

“I had several people message me and tell me the gentleman’s name and I got in contact with him,” Velie said.

“I got an email from Jason Sunday morning,” Riley said. “I was down in Myrtle Beach with my son, at first I thought it was a phishing scam.”

But it wasn’t a scam – just a guy trying to do the right thing. Velie said he never expected his post to get so many shares.

“I expected a few people in Wilmington to share it so we can figure out who it belongs to and get it back to them,” Velie said. “People in different states and different countries have shared the post trying to find the person it belongs to.”

It turns out – the card wasn’t Riley’s.

“It’s my mother in law’s,” Riley said. “She takes a lot of pictures so I don’t keep up with as much, but it’s very important to the family.”

A small card, rescued and returned, thanks to a big response from social media.

“I know how important pictures can be to family members, that’s something you can’t get back,” Velie said. “You can’t go back in time to recapture it.”

Riley says he appreciates Velie for his efforts in finding him and returning his pictures. Velie says thanks to technology, it doesn’t take much to do the right thing.

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