Photo finish to a happy USB ending
"ABSOLUTELY amazing" is how Sharyn Bray has described finding precious photos of her daughter and grandchildren.
Last Saturday, The Advocate asked the community to help track down the owners of a USB stick full of photos of a young family found two years ago in the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden.
The memory stick was picked up by Chantelle Melleuish's son Isaiah, who took it home where it became lost and forgotten in his toy box.
When Ms Melleuish stumbled on the stick again, she knew she had to find the owners, and enlisted The Advocate's help.
Mrs Bray said she read the paper without seeing the story about her daughter's photos, but her eagle-eyed son-in-law did.
"I was on the phone to my daughter and he was in the background calling out 'That's Katie in the paper'," Mrs Bray said.
The USB stick was dropped when Katie Norman, her husband, Gene, and their young sons, Bodhi and Kaii, were on holiday in Coffs Harbour from their home in Hong Kong almost three years ago.
Photos on the stick include delivery room shots of Kaii's birth.
"There are likely to be photos on there they don't have copies of," Mrs Bray said.
The family will scour the images when they return to Coffs Harbour for another holiday next month.
"They thought it was so bizarre that someone had found the USB, they figured if someone did find it they'd have just thrown it away. They're so grateful to Chantelle."
Ms Melleuish visited Mrs Bray yesterday to deliver the USB.
"I've had people stopping me in the street all week asking if I'd managed to find the owner of the photos, and now I have."