Woman Finds Owner of Wedding Photo Lost at Ground Zero After 9/11

A female professor from Boston, who was given a wedding photo found at Ground Zero after the September 11 attacks, lived the last 13 years unable to get the subjects of that photograph of her mind. Elizabeth Stringer Keefe was haunted by the picture, which shows a beaming young blonde bride, her handsome groom, and four smiling friends on what looks like a snowy mountainside. She wanted to know where the photo came from -- and more importantly, what had happened to its young subjects.

Given the horrific circumstances surrounding the photo's loss, it isn't diffcult to imagine Keefe probably assumed the worst -- that the owner of the picture had perished in the attacks. But that didn't keep her from dedicating more than a decade to trying to locate the bride and groom.

And she did. Along with every single other person in the photograph.


The outcome of her search was better than anything anyone could have hoped for.

Every single year on the anniversary of September 11, Keefe would post a scanned photo of the wedding image online in the hopes that someone would recognize the couple or one of the guests and help her get in touch with them. To her credit, she refused to give up, even though not a single thing came of it.

Until this year.

Right before the 13th anniversary of the tragedy -- with a lot of help from Twitter -- Keefe got the answer she was waiting for: from a man named Fred Mahe who had attended the wedding, appeared in the background of the photo, and kept it on his desk, which was located on the 77th floor of the south tower.

Now here's the great news: obviously, Mahe survived the attack. And every other person in the wedding picture is alive and well, according to him. Needless to say, Mahe was beyond thrilled to be reunited with the photo and called Keefe "amazing" for never losing hope that she would find its owner.

What do you think about this woman's relentless quest to find the person who owned and cherished this photograph? 


Image via New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Flickr

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