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.
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Found in Derby, Indiana
Found in Derby, Indiana
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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.”
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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.
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Found in Jeffersonville, Indiana
“Happy to mail it to owner.”
Found in Jeffersonville, Indiana
“Happy to mail it to owner.”
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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.
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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.
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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”
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Found in Lewisport, Kentucky
Found in Lewisport, Kentucky
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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.
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Found in Bremen, Kentucky
A pink Bible with a marriage certificate. No owner found yet. “Feel free to message me and I’d be glad to return them to their rightful owners.”
Found in Bremen, Kentucky
A pink Bible with a marriage certificate. No owner found yet. “Feel free to message me and I’d be glad to return them to their rightful owners.”
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Found in Hartford, Kentucky
The original poster thinks he’s reunited this sign with its owner, located over 30 minutes away.
Found in Hartford, Kentucky
The original poster thinks he’s reunited this sign with its owner, located over 30 minutes away.
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Found in Symsonia, Kentucky
Adams Gin Co., where the paper in this photo is from, is located around 150 miles from Symsonia and was destroyed by this weekend’s tornadoes. A commenter claims it belongs to him. The photo has yet to be identified.
Found in Symsonia, Kentucky
Adams Gin Co., where the paper in this photo is from, is located around 150 miles from Symsonia and was destroyed by this weekend’s tornadoes. A commenter claims it belongs to him. The photo has yet to be identified.
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Found in Utica, Kentucky
The owner of this photo has been found, a mom in the hard-hit town of Mayfield, Kentucky, around two hours from Utica.
Found in Utica, Kentucky
The owner of this photo has been found, a mom in the hard-hit town of Mayfield, Kentucky, around two hours from Utica.
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Found in Calhoun, Kentucky
The back of the photograph says “Groves” and “2004.”
Found in Calhoun, Kentucky
The back of the photograph says “Groves” and “2004.”
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Found in Charlestown State Park, Charlestown, Indiana
The original poster says that this photo has been claimed by a person in Belton Kentucky, he says the will be mailing it tomorrow.
Found in Charlestown State Park, Charlestown, Indiana The original poster says that this photo has been claimed by a person in Belton Kentucky, he says the will be mailing it tomorrow.
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Found in Paducah, Kentucky
Commenters believe this photo comes from Monette, Arkansa, almost three hours from Paducah.
Found in Paducah, Kentucky
Commenters believe this photo comes from Monette, Arkansa, almost three hours from Paducah.
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Found in New Albany, Indiana
”Hi everyone, my brother found this photo in his yard today in New Albany, IN. Please let me know if anyone recognizes. Thanks!”
Found in New Albany, Indiana
”Hi everyone, my brother found this photo in his yard today in New Albany, IN. Please let me know if anyone recognizes. Thanks!”
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Found in Brandenburg, Kentucky
”Developed at Walmart in 2013. Does anyone know this person.”
Found in Brandenburg, Kentucky
”Developed at Walmart in 2013. Does anyone know this person.”
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Found in Rome, Indiana
Commenters believe this photo was taken in the tornado-torn Dawson Springs, Kentucky, around two hours and over 100 miles from Rome, Indiana.
Found in Rome, Indiana
Commenters believe this photo was taken in the tornado-torn Dawson Springs, Kentucky, around two hours and over 100 miles from Rome, Indiana.
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