Woman finds owner of wedding photo recovered at Ground Zero after 9/11
(September 15, 2014) – A wedding photo mystery solved!
This picture turned up amidst the rubble near the World Trade Center shortly after the 9/11 attacks.
According to the New York Daily News, a friend give Elizabeth Stringer Keefe the photograph 13 years ago, and she had been trying to find the owner ever since.
And thanks to social media, Keefe was finally able to find the owner last Friday!
“It was my small contribution, trying to do something good in conjunction to 9/11,” Keefe, a Boston professor, told the Daily News. “The purpose for me was to bring some small comfort to someone.”
The picture belonged to Fred Mahe it was a photograph of a friend’s wedding in Colorado.
Mahe used to work at the World Trade Center, but now he lives in Colorado.
Mahe kept the photo on his desk on the 77th floor of the World Trade Center’s south tower.
Fortunately, Mahe never made it to work at the World Trade Center on September 11th 2001.
He was getting off the subway just as the attack began.
Every year on September 11, Keefe posted the image online, hoping someone would recognize the happy couple and their friends.
Finally last Thursday, Keefe’s mission got a boost. Universal hub, a network of Boston blogs, wrote about her search, drawing more attention than ever.
More than 68,800 people re-tweeted the photo, including country music star Blake Shelton.
A friend of the photograph’s owner finally spotted the photo online Friday.
He recognized Mahe’s face in the background and forwarded him a link.
Mahe tweeted Keefe on Friday after seeing his photo.
“I KNOW THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE! I was at the wedding,” he posted.
Later on Friday, Keefe was able to speak to the grateful bride, Christine Laredo, who now lives in California with her husband, Christian Laredo.
“I remember that moment exactly — it was all my Colorado friends and it was fun being on that balcony,” Christine said. “We’re still married and very happy.”
“What a lovely person Elizabeth is to be dedicated and try to find the owners,” she added. “That makes me have a renewed hope for humanity.”
Keefe is expected to reunite with them later today!