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Morning News Should Make Its Lost-Found Page a Permanent Feature

Consider the detritus of your own life.
Morning News lost and found screenshot
A sampling of the listings.

The Dallas Morning News congratulates itself  in today’s edition for reuniting a woman with a photograph. Following the deadly December 26 tornadoes, the paper smartly set up an interactive “Lost and Found” section on its website that allows users to submit photos and descriptions of items that they are either looking to recover and have come across in the wreckage.

Much as Found magazine discovered years ago, it is fascinating to examine the detritus of a stranger’s life and to consider that what might look like an unremarkable photo from a long-ago ski trip to you or me could be a treasured keepsake to its owner.

The most interesting entries so far:

Lost:  16ft aluminum flat stern canoe that weighs about 100lbs (Editor’s note: Unfortunately this is not in the tree off Schrade Rd.)

I’d like to know more about this mysterious tree off Schrade Road.

Found: Picture of a family at a theme park with a wizard. It is a double exposure.

Found: 1987 Paul Molitar Diamond Kings Baseball card

The Molitor card is worth 25 cents in mint condition, though the one that’s been found decidedly isn’t.

And it looks like the site has made another love connection:

Lost: Black with white leather sleeves, & blue trim; Blue “A” on chest; #63 on sleeve.  Lost in: GT Storage I-30 & SH190

Found:  Black and White Jacket with letter A.  Found in: Found at Battle Creek Dr

If it’s the same jacket, it traveled 6.2 miles in the storm.

There are more “found” than “lost” listings, which makes sense. When your home is gone or severely damaged, recovering a cassette tape of “Ashton’s first solo ever” likely isn’t at the top of the priority list.