Twitter helps woman find owner of wedding photo lost at Ground Zero

"There's so much beauty and happiness in the photo that I just felt committed to the task."

Mar 1, 2020, 9:37 pm*



Micah Singleton

After searching for 13 years, a woman has tracked down the owner of a wedding photo found at Ground Zero, thanks to the power of Twitter.

Elizabeth Stringer Keefe posted the photogiven to her by a friend who was at Ground Zeroto her social media accounts on the evening of Sept. 11, searching for the owner of the photo, just as she has done every year since the attacks.

A professor at Lesley University, Keefe and some of her friends have searched for the owner of the photo, which features six people, to no avail. This year would be different.

Keefe’s attempts first got attention thanks to being featured on the the blog Universal Hub. By Friday, Keefe’s tweet had garnered more than 50,000 retweets, from celebrities like country music star Blake Shelton, who has more than 7 million followers.

Finally, on Friday evening, Keefe’s persistence paid off. A tweet from Fred Mahe came through, and it was the big break Keefe was waiting for. 

Mahe saw Shelton’s retweet of Keefe’s original tweet, and quickly recognized the photo. Mahe is the man standing in the far left of the photo.

The best news came when Keefe spoke to someone in the photo, who relayed the news that everyone pictured was still alive and well.

“It’s a beautiful, joyful moment captured in time and it was such a contrast to what I saw at Ground Zero, which was still burning when I was there,” Keefe said, speaking to Mashable. “So, if it had a relationship to 9/11, I wanted to keep it safe until I could return it to its owner. There’s so much beauty and happiness in the photo that I just felt committed to the task.”

Photo via Twitter

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*First Published: Sep 13, 2014, 2:24 pm