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Mystery of old wedding photos found in thrift store camera solved

Mystery of old wedding photos found in thrift store camera solved


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SALT LAKE CITY — When Taisley Weston bought a vintage Kodak camera for $20 at Deseret Industries, she got much more than a camera to add to her collection. Inside the leather bag were meters, timers, and someone's undeveloped family snapshots.

She wanted to find out who they belonged to, so we developed some of them and posted them to KSL.com and showed them on KSL TV.

Our inboxes immediately filled up. It's a good thing viewers were helping us out because the bride we now know is Suzan Wright missed our story.

"We missed the news," Wright said. "My husband never misses the news, and the power went out. So we thought ‘Oh well.' It was out for two or three hours. We got up this morning, and got several calls."

One of those calls came from a man in Texas who had seen the story online. Suzan's Uncle Verl was the only photographer at her 1971 wedding and it's his name on the inside of the camera case.

"I just couldn't see a better ending," said Weston. "I can't believe it happened so fast."

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Weston had a chance to meet Suzan and Verl in South Jordan where 90 year-old Verl lives now. Suzan, who didn't even know the slides were missing, thinks they must have gotten lost when they moved him three years ago.

"I wouldn't throw them away anymore his than mine," Wright said. "We just did not realize in the move that they were in the bag."

Suzan says that old wedding picture is not exactly how she pictured her debut on TV, but she is happy to have the film back and looks forward to sharing all the pictures with her family.

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