A needle-in-the-Internet-haystack search to return a camera full of “precious memories” to a girl she’s never met, who could live anywhere in the world. Which means it actually started with a lost camera, found by Joanne’s sister Lysa Mitchinson.
“It was lying in the middle of the road -- I initially thought it was just the case," Lysa recalls to ETonline. “Then I realized it had the camera inside. I looked at some of the photos to see if there was anything on them that could help identify the owner, which is when I realized that they were of popular tourist destinations -- London, Durham, Bath, Liverpool -- and all dated recently.”
The tweet has been retweeted by thousands of people, all eager to help. Lysa tells us, “I couldn't believe how far the story got in such a short time! To me, picking up the camera so it wouldn't get stolen or damaged was such a small thing, and it's got bigger than I could ever have thought. “
So what do they know about the girl in the photos? “Not much. I think she's possibly Thai,” she says. “Judging by the writing on a wall in some graduation photos, and by a headline in a newspaper she's pictured reading in one of the earlier ones. She likes nature -- lots of the pictures are of flowers and trees.”