Tornadoes Bring Family Mysterious Photo

Tornadoes Bring Family Mysterious Photo

CREATED May 1, 2014
by Adam Ghassemi

SMITHVILLE, Tenn. – People knew severe weather was coming Monday, but hoped it wouldn't end like it did.

Renea Bouldin was with her family watching the last few storms move out Tuesday when her daughter, Madison, spotted something near their front steps.

“Just caught it out of the corner of my eye and I looked down and I could tell by the back it was a picture,” the 14-year-old said.

It was a picture of a stranger.

"The more we thought about it the more we realized that's not anybody we can recognize, and in a small town you pretty much know everybody,” Madison Bouldin said.

It wasn't until later the family realized the nicked and wet photo of a man they don’t know was likely blown there by the tornadoes.

What's amazing is when you consider just how far it may have come. Most of the storm damage happened in Lincoln County, but the Bouldins live in Dekalb County more than 80 miles away.

"It had traveled a little, yes,” Renea Bouldin said.

Now they have questions. Did he make it? Did his home? That's why they hope they can find him or at least his family to make sure a memory finds its way home regardless of what home looks like.

"To know possibly that something could have happened to this person in the storm, as a mother, I know I would want that photo back,” said Renea Bouldin.

Anyone who finds photos, birth certificates or other personal items can take them to the Tullahoma Events Center Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

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