Every year on 9/11, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe has tweeted out an image of a tattered wedding photo that a friend of hers found at Ground Zero, in the hopes that this time, the right person would see it. And now, after 13 years of trying, the right person has. On Friday, the Lesley University professor's search suddenly went viral, drawing attention from the Boston-area blog site Universal Hub, the amateur sleuths at Reddit, and several news sites. More than 68,000 people retweeted the photo, the New York Daily News reports, and before long it had come to the attention of the photo's owner, a Colorado man named Fred Mahe.
Mahe, the blond man who is second from the left in the photo, tells Boston Magazine that he had the photo pinned to his cubicle wall on the 77th floor of the World Trade Center. He'd been en route to work when the planes hit. Mahe soon got in touch with an elated Keefe, who plans to return the photo to him in person, New York reports. "9/12/01, I saw the best of humanity," Mahe tweeted. "Elizabeth is 100% 9/12."