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Facebook, KHQ help get missing memory card back to its rightful owner

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Seattle woman found SD card with family pictures. Seattle woman found SD card with family pictures.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Just a day after KHQ posted pictures from a lost SD card on Facebook, that card is headed back to its owner. It all started in October at the Dwight Merkel Complex in Spokane. Both the Forsters, from Seattle, and the Allens, from Davenport, were there for a soccer tournament for their kids.

A week later Jackie Allen said she knew something was wrong when she pulled out the same camera she'd been using at the soccer game, and noticed the memory card was missing. "I looked in my car, I looked everywhere," says Jackie. "Finally, I just gave up." The memory card was full of family pictures and video, and Jackie thought she'd never see it again.

But, unbeknownst to Jackie, her life was about to intersect with a stranger from across the state. Tanya Forster was also at the Dwight Merkel Complex back in October. She says she was heading back to her car after the game, and found an SD card in the parking lot. She asked around, but couldn't find the owner. Finally, in January, she had some time to go through the card and found it was full of pictures. She figured the pictures showed a family from Spokane and, wanting to return them to their owner, Tanya posted the pictures on her Facebook page.

KHQ shared Tanya's message, and within hours we started getting messages about the family. "I know this family," read one message. "They live in Davenport, WA. Their names are Jesse and Jackie Allen."

"That's my sister!" read another message. That message gave us a phone number, which we called, and sure enough, Jackie Allen confirmed it was her family in the pictures, and that it was her missing memory card. We hooked up the strangers and now the memory card is heading back to its rightful owner.

"Thank you very much for grabbing it," says Jackie. "That's awesome that they would pick it up."

Tanya said "I'm just happy that we found them, and we can get it back to them."

Thanks to everyone that helped us find the Allens, and thanks to Tanya Forster for being so willing to help.
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