December 14, 2021

Hundreds of Miles Away, Facebook Users Seek Owners of Photos and Keepsakes Found from the Quad-State Tornadoes

Tornadoes tore through four states on Dec. 10 and 11, traveling from Arkansas to Kentucky. Items picked up by these tornadoes seem to have traveled for over 100 miles in some instances before being dropped in fields and yards across Kentucky and Indiana.

A Facebook page has been set up to help reunite the owners of these items with their lost photos, toys and other keepsakes. Quad State Tornado Found Items has over 45,000 members and is currently seeing over 1,000 posts a day. It’s a remarkably efficient operation — sometimes connecting members with their lost mementos within minutes.

Here are a selection of the posts that have been made. Some are success stories, some are not — or at least not yet. 

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Found in Princeton, Kentucky
The original poster has found the owner of this keepsake.

Found in Princeton, Kentucky
The original poster has found the owner of this keepsake.

Found in Derby, Indiana

Found in Derby, Indiana

Found in Bowling Green, Kentucky
”Found 12/11/21 in Bowling Green KY. Couple hours after we were hit. Located in debris in the Springhill area. I cleaned Geoffrey and hoping to find its owner.”

Found in Bowling Green, Kentucky
”Found 12/11/21 in Bowling Green KY. Couple hours after we were hit. Located in debris in the Springhill area. I cleaned Geoffrey and hoping to find its owner.”

Found in Princeton, Kentucky
A photograph and empty Michael Kors bag, found in a wheat field.

Found in Princeton, Kentucky
A photograph and empty Michael Kors bag, found in a wheat field.

Found in Jeffersonville, Indiana
“Happy to mail it to owner.”

Found in Jeffersonville, Indiana
“Happy to mail it to owner.”

Found in Owensboro, Kentucky
Commenters believe this photo depicts past students of Reidland High School, two hours away from Owensboro.

Found in Owensboro, Kentucky
Commenters believe this photo depicts past students of Reidland High School, two hours away from Owensboro.

Found in Brandenburg, Kentucky
A torn photo of the former sheriff of Muhlenberg County, Charles “Eddie” Perry, who died in 2019. Stephanie Pawlak Black found the picture on her property in Brandenburg, which is around 100 miles from Muhlenberg County. The owner has been located.

Found in Brandenburg, Kentucky
A torn photo of the former sheriff of Muhlenberg County, Charles “Eddie” Perry, who died in 2019. Stephanie Pawlak Black found the picture on her property in Brandenburg, which is around 100 miles from Muhlenberg County. The owner has been located.

Found in Owensboro, Kentucky
The back of the photograph says “Clay Groves 4 yr. 2006”

Found in Owensboro, Kentucky
The back of the photograph says “Clay Groves 4 yr. 2006”

Found in Lewisport, Kentucky

Found in Lewisport, Kentucky

Found in Elizabeth, Indiana
A check found an hour and 45 minutes from Hartford, Kentucky, where the person who issued it was from.

Found in Elizabeth, Indiana
A check found an hour and 45 minutes from Hartford, Kentucky, where the person who issued it was from.