A woman has been reunited with her childhood memories. Earlier this week, Fact Finders reported about a couple's 12-year quest to return an old photo album they found in a used truck they'd purchased. The owner has been found.
“I thought I would never see this again." A photo album Stefani Maggio misplaced a dozen years ago was found and kept by a couple who cared enough to find her. “I was so upset because I thought I'd lost all these pictures from that trip. This means so much that you have held on to it."
In 2001, David Pedersen discovered the photo book left under the seat of the used 1999 Ford Ranger. Turning the pages, he looked at almost 100 photos that appear to have been taken during an Easter break vacation to Disney World. Most of the pictures were of young children, one named Stefani. No last names were written anywhere in the album. Only first names and descriptions of places visited.
"It's important to someone with all these pictures," said Pedersen. "After all this time it's kind of become a challenge to try and find out who in the world the photo album belongs to."
Eight years old at the time, Stefani doesn't remember stuffing the album under the seat of the pickup owned by her mother's boyfriend at the time. She does remember going through the house room by room trying to find it. “I remember how devastated I was when I lost it."
Since 2001, the Pedersens have been trying to find the album owner through ads and vehicle records. They sold the pickup before tracking its title, but a dealer told David the vehicle came from an auto auction. "I don't want any reward, I just want to return it to the rightful owner."
Then Fact Finders showed the album. “I had like 10 messages from friends who watched the news,” said Miranda Maggio. The mystery has a happy ending. “A very rewarding 12-year quest has ended,” said Pedersen.
The photo album of a family vacation was put together by their father. “Just all the time he took and how much he cared, this means more than anyone would know,” said Stefani. “Our mom passed away and our dad is the only one we have.”
These family times are no longer a fading memory, but will be remembered as a lifetime through photos was found and returned.
“Thank you,” said Stefani.
“You're welcome,” said Pedersen.
“It means so much for you to have kept that for so long,” said Stefani.