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Facebook, helpful hiker reunite family with memories


Facebook is a big part of the lives of many. People chat with friends, share photos and opinions and update friends about what's happening in their lives.  

Can it also serve as a virtual lost and found?

One Las Vegas woman put that to the test, starting an online campaign to reunite a family with its lost memories.

Webe Webowitz is an avid hiker. She frequently stumbles upon lost treasures during her outdoor excursions.

"You find a lot of things that people throw away or lose for one reason or another. I've found a lady's purse, I found an aquarium," she said.

Webowitz said the most valuable find yet was a cell phone that was covered in mud. At the time, she didn't know it belonged to attorney Marcus Smith. He had lost it while horseback riding.

"We just thought it was gone for good and had forgotten about it," Smith said.

The phone had ceased functioning, but the memory card inside had not. When Webowitz plugged the card into her computer, she discovered countless photos and videos of Smith and his children.

Webowitz embarked on a mission to return the phone to its owner. She turned to Facebook, uploading a picture of the family in hopes someone would recognize them.

The photo was shared more than 1,600 times, including on FOX5's Facebook page.

Less than 12 hours after the photo was posted, it was spotted by a high school friend of Smith's, who soon discovered his lost phone wasn't lost anymore.

"We were actually talking about how we have so [few] pictures of our family, so it's a huge blessing, actually," said Smith.

Webowitz arranged to have the phone returned to Smith. She didn't ask for anything in return, saying the opportunity to reunite a family with precious photos and video was reward enough.

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