Strangers reunite lost baby's photo album with mother

BAYTOWN, Texas (KTRK) -- Flood waters washed away a baby's photo album during Hurricane Harvey. The rain pushed the memento out of a house and down a bayou near Baytown.

A city worker stumbled across the keepsake and decided to find its rightful owner.

"It was a little strange to find it but we found it," said Jesse Martinez. "Like everyone said, we could have thrown it out but no. It's somebody's baby pictures. They were older pictures. It's nothing digital. It's nothing you can print out on a camera now."

Martinez brought the photo album to his office. His colleagues, Karina Sanchez and Grace Wright, started their search. They scoured the album for clues and even used a magnifying glass to examine a hospital identification bracelet in a photo. They figured out the mother's first name and used social media to find the woman.

The team posted to a Facebook group called "We All Nosey in Baytown + Surrounding Areas" and quickly connected the dots.

Horace Mann Junior High School Teacher Kristie Fudge turned out to be the owner. Her daughter, Hannah, can been seen in the album.

"These are memories that I never would have been able to have if it wasn't for them," said Fudge. "She's my only baby, so to know that someone found it and gave it back to me, it's overwhelming of joy."

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