Once She Noticed Something In The Photo That Should Not Be There, She Raised The Alarms

Published on 09/23/2020
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Unless you happen to be a celebrity or a social media influencer, you probably do not expect your photos to go viral. After all, why would other people care about your photos when you are just like them? This mother posted photos from her trip to Canada, expecting it to reach her friends and family. There was nothing extraordinary about the photos since it only showed friends hanging out at the peak, the valley in sight. Once she took a closer look, however, she found out that the background had something that they did not meet their expectations. What exactly made her hiking photo so different from all the others?

The Park

A pair of friends visited a popular hiking spot called Dundas Peak in Ontario, Canada. The park has a view of color hillsides and trees, which makes it especially charming in autumn. If you ever find yourself in the area, don’t forget to check it out. It is possible to sit on the rocks that offer breathtaking views. The Tew’s Falls are also located in the same park, so it makes sense to visit it on the same trip! It is the tallest waterfall in the city, so tourists and locals like to drop by to see it.

The Park

The Park

A Great Spot For Photos

The park has makes it possible to take in a lot of amazing views. This explains why it receives thousands of visitors every year. People have captured jaw-dropping photographs on these cliffhanging rocks that overlook the blanket of colorful trees. This is a great spot for photographers and models alike thanks to the gorgeous scenery. Regular visitors probably feel like models themselves when they pose in the spot and show off their courage. For some, the best part of the trip is to pose right on the edge of the cliff! How amazing is that?

A Great Spot For Photos

A Great Spot For Photos

Needing A Break

The story started when a woman by the name of Kim, who was visiting the park with her friend. She wanted to take a break from her life as a mother and felt like going on an adventure. With her friend, she went to the park after seeing amazing photos of its impressive views. They also liked its reputation among thrill-seekers. The idea for the trip came to them from the cousin of her friend. He showed them photos of himself resting on those famous cliffs! That was all that they needed to make up their mind.

Needing A Break

Needing A Break

Reaching The Peak

At only 2.4 miles, the hike was not very long. Together with her friend, Kim knew that they had to go uphill to reach the peak and enjoy the great views. They got ready for the excursion and soldiered on. Once they arrived at the spot, they found other people snapping away on their cameras. Kim and her friend took turns modeling for the cameras and taking photos of each other. There was a particular image that they planned to do. However, things took a strange turn once they posted the photos online!

Reaching The Peak

Reaching The Peak

Recreating The Cousin’s Picture

The ladies agreed that they would recreate the same photo that inspired them to go on this trip. We are referring to the one of the friend’s cousin on the edge of the peak! This was quite different from regular photos that show the subject looking right at the camera since it was snapped from the side. On top of that, the angle displayed the face of the cousin. They figured that if they were lucky enough, they would find a person to take this particular shot of them!

Recreating The Cousin’s Picture

Recreating The Cousin’s Picture

Something Caught Her Eye

The ladies took turns posing for and taking the photo. Kim had been the first one to take a photo, which meant that her friend sat on the rock and imitated her cousin. As she tried to find a comfy position, she saw that something was glimmering below! After looking around, she searched for the thing that had piqued her interest. This object was hanging on one of the branches, so she leaned in and made a grab for it.

Something Caught Her Eye

Something Caught Her Eye

Getting The Item

What had caught her attention was a set of keys that had been dangling on a branch three feet from where she was. This friend was already on a cliff, so it was hard to reach out and grab them. Kim came up to her friend and saw what was going on. When she found out about the keys, she tried to swing her arm down there as her friend held her so that she would not get off-balance. They knew that if they retrieve the keys, they would save its owner a ton of hassle.

Getting The Item

Getting The Item

The Fast Approaching Dusk

Once the women fetched the keys, they carried on with the photoshoot. They found a person to snap photos of them before they returned to the car. It was nearly dusk by the time they went down the path because they failed to notice the time. As they did so, the trail started to feel less welcoming. By the time they reached the parking lot, it was nearly empty. They hoped that they would be able to find the person who lost their keys.

The Fast Approaching Dusk

The Fast Approaching Dusk

Giving The Keys

The two of them returned to the parking lot as the sun was disappearing beneath the sea of trees. They managed to identify the car that they had been looking for. It helped that nearly all the other cars had already driven away. However, the owner was nowhere in sight. They did not want to stay in the cold as night fell, so they decided to just leave the keys on top of the car. This should do the trick.

Giving The Keys

Giving The Keys

The Missing Car Owner

The week after that, Kim and her pal learned more about the owner of the car! It turned out that a person had gone missing at the park. Even though the authorities managed to recover the car, no one knew about the fate of the owner. The women were surprised but this turn of events but soon forgot about it after wishing the authorities and the missing person their very best. However, this changed a month after that. To their surprise, Dundas Peak was not done with them just yet.

The Missing Car Owner

The Missing Car Owner

Going Viral

Kim had been scrolling through social media one day when she saw that the photo of her friend’s cousin went viral. On Reddit, a user pointed out a detail in the background that gave Kim goosebumps. What exactly did they see in the photo? Once the word got out about the photo, it went viral in no time at all. Everyone wanted to know what exactly had been going on at the exact moment that it was taken.

Going Viral

Going Viral

Seemed Perfectly Normal

At a glance, you would not think that there was anything weird about it. After all, it was the same photo that inspired Kim to go to Dundas Peak with her friend. It showed the cousin, sporting an all-black outfit, standing. Most of the trees in the background were barren and thin. You can only figure out what was causing the buzz if you take a close look at it. This was precisely what it was like for Kim and her friend!

Seemed Perfectly Normal

Seemed Perfectly Normal

A Figure In The Middle

The two of them zoomed in as much as possible, ensuring that the quality was still passable to identify the things in the photo. After doing that, they saw what exactly made it go viral. It looked like there was a figure standing on the cliffside in the middle of the photo. This person looked like they had been sporting dark bottoms and a white top. Kim and her friend could not believe what they were looking at. After all, they were certain that there was no way to access that area safely.

A Figure In The Middle

A Figure In The Middle

Checking Their Photos

The women decided to look at the photos that they took on their trip. If there was really something on the cliff or if it was a trick of the light, it might have also been in their pictures. They were puzzled when they did not see this figure in the photos from their visit. What made it all so odd was the fact that they tried their hardest to perfectly recreate the photo in question. They got the angle and pose down pat.

Checking Their Photos

Checking Their Photos

Thinking About The Mystery

The two of them tried not to freak out over this, but they still felt uneasy about the whole thing. After all, they could not help but think of the woman who went missing in the park. They thought it over some more and started to wonder if it could have been the person the authorities were looking for. When you consider the timing, it was not impossible. Even so, they tried not to jump into conclusions just like that.

Thinking About The Mystery

Thinking About The Mystery

Getting Help From Social Media

The two of them wanted to get to the bottom of things and decided to enlist the help of netizens. Kim created a post to explain what was going on and explained what happened. She explained how they worked hard to recreate the photo. Aside from that, she also talked about what people noticed in the photograph in question and said that they were confident that it was impossible to access the cliff in a safe manner. All of a sudden, she figured out what they needed to solve this mystery.

Getting Help From Social Media

Getting Help From Social Media

Comparing More Photos

At the time, Kim knew that they did not have enough material to find out the truth. It was possible that this figure was not even a person. She came up with the idea to look at other similar photos to see if they captured the same thing that the cousin did. By doing this, she hoped to feel reassured. That was the reason she added a request towards the bottom of her social media post.

Comparing More Photos

Comparing More Photos

Asking For More Photos

She requested them to send her photos of the same place if they had any. Aside from that, she wanted them to share the post so that it would have a wider reach. Since the photo had gone viral before this, she felt that many folks would find this story fascinating. There was a good chance that people would willingly contribute to their collection of photos. Kim posted and waited for people to get back to her.

Asking For More Photos

Asking For More Photos

Various Theories

Other people started to speculate about this figure as well. Some of them wondered if it was a ghost. After all, this is not the first time that a hiker had gone missing there. Meanwhile, other people claimed that it must be nothing but a technological problem or an optical illusion. There were others who claimed that there was a trail that led to the area in question. For these people, it was nothing more than just a regular hiker like everyone else there.

Various Theories

Various Theories

Was The Hype Exaggerated?

A Redditor stepped up to say that they had been the person who had been captured in the photo. According to them, they had been at Dundas Peak on that exact same day and even said that they had been wearing a light grey sweater and dark jeans. It looked like there was nothing more to the hype, but you never know who to believe on the internet. At any rate, it is impossible to deny that social media is a powerful thing. Let us take a look at the story of two Americans who landed in hot water while on holiday in Bali!

Was The Hype Exaggerated?

Was The Hype Exaggerated?

Sharing His Travels Online

As Mikey Lythcott traveled around the world, he made many friends along the way. The 36-year-old traveler was once an expat in Lisbon, Portugal. Like many people, he relies on social media to remain connected with his buddies from all over the globe. He liked to post photos of gorgeous beaches and marketplaces to let his friends know where he was. However, one of his posts made his friends worry about him. At the time, he had been in Bali, Indonesia.

Sharing His Travels Online

Sharing His Travels Online

Plans Of Meeting Up

Mikey was an avid world traveler who has already been to 54 countries! In February 2018, he met a woman called Stacey Eno while he was in Thailand. She was an English teacher based in Gwangju, South Korea. The two of them planned to meet up in August of the same year in Bali, Indonesia. This trip was his opportunity to reach his 55th country. At the time, they had no idea that he was going to be fighting for his life only hours after their arrival in the Southeast Asian country.

Plans Of Meeting Up

Plans Of Meeting Up

Exploring The Island By Scooter

Mikey and Stacey got to Ubud on August 22, 2018. It is a town in Bali. The two of them planned to check out the upland region of the island by scooter. They rented one, put on their helmets, and started the trip. Things soon went downhill for them. They had only been in Indonesia for seven hours at the time!

Exploring The Island By Scooter

Exploring The Island By Scooter

Traveling Uphill

As Mikey and Stacey continued to explore the area, they had to go uphill. They must have been riding carefully and slowly since a van ended up passing them. When Mikey spoke to CNN, he recounted, “After it passed, I could see a turn coming up. So I hit the brakes as normal, but the brakes didn’t slow the bike leaving us very little time to make a move and not enough time to negotiate a turn.”

Traveling Uphill

Traveling Uphill

The Crash

Unfortunately, there was not enough time for the pair to turn! This is the reason they rode off the hill and plunged into a ravine. Mikey shared that upon regaining consciousness, he did not have clue where he was. The only thing in sight was the sky and trees. They had landed in the middle of a dark forest, so he first had to orient himself. What made it so hard was that he lost his helmet and eyeglasses. On top of this, he could not move his left wrist. He and Stacey had felt disoriented, but luck had not abandoned them altogether. After all, Mikey found an object in his pocket that could get them out of there.

The Crash

The Crash

Injured And Slipping

Once Mikey regained consciousness, he quickly figured out that he was injured. “My back felt half broken. I couldn’t move and barely could pull myself up when I found a thick vine in the dark. Every move, I kept slipping,” he shared with CNN. According to him, it felt like he was on an incline of some sort. He had no idea what was going on around him since he was unable to see his surroundings.

Injured And Slipping

Injured And Slipping

Alive But Injured

He called out for his friend. Stacey responded that she believed that she was seriously injured since she could not move either. The two of them were lost, helpless, and immobile. When Mikey heard the sound of running water, he only felt more worried since they might fall into a river. After all, he had already figured out that they were on an incline. There was a chance that they would drown if it was too deep since they could hardly move. On the other hand, they might die after falling if it was too shallow!

Alive But Injured

Alive But Injured

No One Knew They Were There

Considering the fact that he lost his helmet, it likely that he had a head injury as well. He recalled, “I then did think ‘I’m gonna die here,’ because no one knew we were here or went over and we were both hurt and for a minute I couldn’t even remember how we got there.” There was no way for them to escape the dense woods and physically ask for help from other people. What did they do instead?

No One Knew They Were There

No One Knew They Were There

A Welcome Surprise

While Mikey could not recall how they landed in this mess, he had enough wits about him to look for a solution. He could not find the phone that carried a local SIM, so it must have gotten lost in the accident. However, he was surprised that his American one was in the pocket of his jacket. He took it out and turned on the international roaming setting. The signal was weak, but he knew that it was worth a shot.

A Welcome Surprise

A Welcome Surprise

Sending Out An SOS

“I got it and turned on international roaming and just barely got signal,” he explained. He made up his mind to post an SOS on Facebook. This was what his post said: “Help. In danger. Call police.” After that, the only thing for him to do was to wait. It was a good thing that he did not need to wait a long time! At the time, their fate was in the hands of his Facebook friends. We are glad to hear that his friends had been quick to take action as soon as they saw the distress signal.

Sending Out An SOS

Sending Out An SOS

A Friend Immediately Noticed The SOS

Aimee Sparks first met Mikey in Seattle in 2004. Ten years after that first meeting, they went to Nepal together. She was one of the first people who saw his SOS post. “I saw Mikey’s post just a minute or two after it went up. I work remotely and tend to have Facebook open while I work. I saw it and of course was startled and a bit surprised,” she said. Even though she was worried, something felt off about it.

A Friend Immediately Noticed The SOS

A Friend Immediately Noticed The SOS

Worried For Her Friend

When she first saw the post, she had no idea what to do about it. “I worried that he had been drugged or kidnapped or something,” she informed CNN. She added, “I went on his FB page and was going to send him a message when I realized that there is a call option now, so I called him. I think I was the first person to actually talk to him.” After doing this, she got the confirmation that her friend was in danger.

Worried For Her Friend

Worried For Her Friend

Many Thought The Post Was A Scam

After a while, more people saw his post and knew that something was wrong. “It was great that I talked to him because some people were worried that his phone had been stolen or that his account had been hacked. And I was able to say, I know his voice and I know it is him, that he is very badly injured and needs help,” Aimee shared with CNN. It did not take long before they realized he really needed help.

Many Thought The Post Was A Scam

Many Thought The Post Was A Scam

Communication Was Not Easy

It was a good thing that Mikey had his phone on him. This allowed him to post a call for help and speak to Aimee. If it had not been for this, there was no way for him to ask for assistance. He could not even move his injured left wrist at the time, so he had to rely solely on his right hand. What made it worse was that international roaming was eating up his battery. He soon got the low battery notification!

Communication Was Not Easy

Communication Was Not Easy

A Pin Of His Approximate Location

Time was running out for him, so he shared his location with his friend. “He said he didn’t know where he was, that he woke up in the woods. He was very disoriented. I asked him if he could send me a pin drop, which he did,” Aimee narrated what happened to CNN. It was a good thing that Facebook had those location features. This let Aimee have a general idea of his whereabouts even though he was unsure where exactly they were. It was good that help was on the way, but his phone was about to die! This would mean that he would no longer have any contact with anyone else.

A Pin Of His Approximate Location

A Pin Of His Approximate Location

Friends Banding Together

Aimee now had an idea where Mike was. She enlisted the help of his friends to set the rescue mission in motion. He had a friend in Vancouver with contacts in Indonesia. This was how they started the quest to save Mikey! There was also a friend of his from the Netherlands who contacted the local police on the island. A friend from Los Angeles checked out online maps and saw that Mikey was by a waterfall.

Friends Banding Together

Friends Banding Together

An International Effort

His friend from Prague shared the phone numbers of the Indonesian consulate as well. “A bunch of Mikey’s friends were posting phone numbers to call, and I got in touch with a woman named Christine at the consulate, I think,” Aimee went on, “She gave me her email and I sent her screenshots of Mikey’s location. I don’t want to think about what would have happened if he didn’t have his phone, or if his battery was dead.”

An International Effort

An International Effort

Help On The Way

Isn’t it amazing to see that so many people worked together to rescue him? Before his phone gave out, Mikey got to speak with Indonesian authorities. Later on, Mikey told CNN, “I got a call from a guy named Joe from the [consulate] who said help was coming but to help him find me. I told him there was a hotel near my GPS pin, that I’d be just before that hotel, then my battery died.”

Help On The Way

Help On The Way

Holding On For Dear Life

As you can see, people from different parts of the world were banding together to pull off the rescue. In the meantime, Stacey and Mikey had nothing to do but to wait. They just hoped that there was help on the way, but they had been slipping down the ravine slowly. Once his phone died, Mikey started to lose consciousness as well. Despite everything, he promised Stacey that they would soon get out of there. He told CNN, “I really thought we would die so I wanted to comfort her.”

Holding On For Dear Life

Holding On For Dear Life

Help Finally Arrived

According to Mikey, they had to wait for three to four more hours before help finally arrived. Once he and Stacey heard noises near them, they used up all the energy that they had left to shout for help. The rescue party heard the pair and managed to pull them out of the ravine. They had probably been there for a significant amount of time. After all, it was morning by the time the rescue was carried out. Now that they were out of the darkness, it was finally possible for them to assess what happened to them.

Help Finally Arrived

Help Finally Arrived

In Terrible Shape

He revealed to CNN, “It was the first time seeing how far we went down. It was far.” Moments after they escaped the ravine, they realized just how badly they were doing. The rescue party put Mikey and Stacey on a flatbed truck to ship them over to the nearest hospital. The X-ray results revealed that they were in such bad shape that the hospital was unequipped to give them the treatment they needed. This was the reason they were taken to somewhere with more advanced equipment. Even though they were no longer stuck in the ravine, there was still a huge challenge ahead.

In Terrible Shape

In Terrible Shape

The Extent Of His Injuries

Stacey and Mikey were taken to the Bali BIMC Hospital in a resort town called Kuta. This was where they got the surgeries they needed. He had a skull fracture, a broken wrist, internal damage, perforated bowels, and cracked ribs and spin. He had to get surgery on his skull, wrist, and abdomen for his injuries. They also had to inflate his lungs via chest tubes. He was in the hospital until September 3, 2018.

The Extent Of His Injuries

The Extent Of His Injuries

Serious Injuries To The Face

But what about Stacey? She fractured her nose, cheekbones, and left wrist. On top of that, she split her tongue in the accident. Her injuries were less serious than his, so she got out of the hospital earlier than he did. After that, she flew back home to South Korea. On the other hand, Mikey’s sister headed to Bali for a visit. Once he was discharged from the hospital, they stayed at a nearby hotel until he felt well enough to return to the United States with her.

Serious Injuries To The Face

Serious Injuries To The Face

The “Wild Ride”

When Stacey talked about that trip, she said it was a “wild ride.” She also informed CNN that it was not going to stop her from exploring what the world has to offer. “This guy’s trip to Indonesia to meet me spontaneously meant his 55th country! He truly inspires me. I know travel is scary and risky sometimes, but there is no way either of us will stop,” she shared. Even though that experience would have been traumatic enough to put someone off traveling, this was not the case for Mikey and Stacey.

The "Wild Ride"

The “Wild Ride”

Still In Shock

Despite this, we are sure that the shock had a huge impact on their lives. Stacey explained, “I was talking with Mike on Wednesday. That was our two-week anniversary [of the crash], and we were both so in shock from it all, like it actually happened.” That was not all. She went on, “We’re both still shaken, that we would have died without technology. Both of us are thinking there’s reason we’re both alive.”

Still In Shock

Still In Shock

The Real Hero

When Mikey spoke to Inc, he clarified, “Facebook didn’t ‘kind of’ save our lives. It’s directly responsible. I knew if I put out a scary message, [my friends] would help find me. And I was scared. I honestly thought we were going to die.” He would probably not be here if it had not been for the help of his Facebook friends. At the time, he knew that someone would take it seriously. In the end, dozens of people did!

The Real Hero

The Real Hero

Friends Who Became Blessings

This only made him believe in the importance of making friends on the road. During his CNN interview, he said, “When traveling you meet so many people with interesting and outstanding things to share. This tragic accident has shown us and reminded how many people we have touched along the way.” Fortunately for him, he had a lot of friends online when the SOS post went up. On top of that, it was a good thing that he was active on the social media platform. Otherwise, it would not have worked.

Friends Who Became Blessings

Friends Who Became Blessings

Technology Helped Tremendously

“Without technology and friends we would have not survived. Without the people we met along our adventures we would be much deeper in trouble and less of this magic you give,” Stacey reflected when she talked to CNN. This would not have happened if it took place in the earlier days. They would have been goners if technology had not yet gotten to this point! Luckily, it all worked out for them in the end.

Technology Helped Tremendously

Technology Helped Tremendously

A New Challenge

All the way in Korea, she told reporters that it was going to take her several months before she could recover from the injuries. She wanted to return to Michigan once she was done with her contract in the Asian country. After all, she now had to contend with the task of covering her very expensive hospital bills. The family launched a GoFundMe campaign to pay for the medical fees. They were able to raise more than $13,000 by September 13, 2018.

A New Challenge

A New Challenge

Their Medical Expenses

Her medical fees reached a total of $30,000. On the other hand, Mikey racked up double that amount! The wrist surgery already cost him $9,000. Every single night in the hospital cost $550 as well. It was a good thing that he has many incredible friends, as we already know by now. We are not surprised to hear that he was able to quickly raise over half of the money that he needed to pay for his medical bills. Up next, we have another interesting story for you! It has to do with a woman who took to Facebook to share something that she bought at a thrift store…

Their Medical Expenses

Their Medical Expenses

A Woman Finds Something Unexpected Inside A Thrift Store Ornament

Priscilla Bailey of Plymouth, Massachusetts had been going through the offerings at a thrift store when something caught her. She saw an interesting ornament that came with a $2 price tag. It was cheap, so she paid for it and brought it home! But it turned out that there was more to it than meets the eye.

A Woman Finds Something Unexpected Inside A Thrift Store Ornament

A Woman Finds Something Unexpected Inside A Thrift Store Ornament

A Veteran Thrift Shopper

This was not the first time that she had ever been at this thrift store. As a matter of fact, she liked to go there because it usually offered unique and beautiful objects at very low prices. Priscilla liked to check out the local thrift stores when she had to run errands. Even though she was an experienced thrift shopper, she did not know that she had just bought something special. After some time, it dawned on her that this ornament was even more special than she originally thought. When this happened, she was unsure if she should first contact the police or the media.

A Veteran Thrift Shopper

A Veteran Thrift Shopper

The Ornament

She spotted the ornament lying on a shelf with the rest of the blown glass offerings at this thrift store. You see, she had a soft spot for these objects. However, what drew her in even more was the fact that it was in her favorite color: blue. Priscilla picked it up and looked at its price tag. She saw that it was only $2, which sounded more than fair to her. Right away, she grabbed it and paid for it at the counter.

The Ornament

The Ornament

Too Cheap

In general, thrift stores offer items at much lower prices than retail stores. However, $2 for a blown glass ornament is an even better deal than most. It seemed too good to be true, so Priscilla wondered if there was a catch. After inspecting it, she could not find a fault anywhere. She even noticed that it was made with a lot of glass and was quite heavy. This meant that it was not brittle or fragile.

Too Cheap

Too Cheap

At Home With Her New Treasure

Once she arrived home with her new treasure in hand, she unwrapped it and started to inspect it some more. After taking a close look at the metalwork, she wondered how it made it all the way to the thrift store. It is not unusual for secondhand items to come with fascinating stories. Priscilla admired its blue glass as she turned it around in her hands. Without a doubt, it was a truly wonderful piece.

At Home With Her New Treasure

At Home With Her New Treasure

Heavier Than Expected

As it was lying in her hands, she realized that it was even heavier than she first thought. Priscilla might not be an expert, but she was no stranger to glass ornaments. This was how she was able to tell that this one was heavier than most. In the meantime, she tried to ignore this aspect of it and left it in the kitchen on display. It left her mind for a little while. She only remembered it once her daughter came over for a visit.

Heavier Than Expected

Heavier Than Expected

Showing The Ornament To Her Daughter

Priscilla has a daughter called Kat, who is a big fan of blown glass ornaments. As a matter of fact, she loves it so much that she opened a blown glass shop of her own in Massachusetts. Upon seeing the ornament, she could not help but feel excited. Priscilla did not even have to mention its heaviness before Kat realized that there was something strange about it. What did the expert have to say about it?

Showing The Ornament To Her Daughter

Showing The Ornament To Her Daughter

Her Daughter’s Observation

Like her mother, Kat also thought that it was a work of art. The blue heart-shaped ornament deserved a closer look. On her own, she noticed that it was heavier than she thought it would be and mentioned this to her mother. Priscilla revealed that she also realized how surprisingly heavy it was. A lightbulb went off Kat’s head. She looked for a flashlight to check if the ornament was hollow or had something inside it. This was how they made the incredible discovery!

Her Daughter’s Observation

Her Daughter’s Observation

Something Inside Was Moving

Once Priscilla found out what Kat was up to, she could not help but think that it was a brilliant idea. They did not find anything strange when they first shone a light on it. However, they soon realized that there was something moving in there. With the help of a flashlight, they saw that the glass ornament came with two secret compartments. There was something moving in the smaller of the two. Priscilla was very excited to get to the bottom of this. This explains why she called the authorities and the press!

Something Inside Was Moving

Something Inside Was Moving

Getting Some Help

Kat and Priscilla knew that they could not solve the mystery on their own. This was why they got in touch with local authorities and explained the situation. They were under the impression that it carried something illegal or dangerous. She invited news reporters to drop by the house as well! Priscilla could not wait to find out what was lying inside her thrift store find. She had no idea that it would lead to this. Even though she was not yet sure what it had, she knew that it was bound to be something fascinating.

Getting Some Help

Getting Some Help

More Than Just A Simple Ornament

The reporters arrived at the house before anyone else. Priscilla shared what she knew about it. They had been sitting around the kitchen table when she shared, “Right now, it’s hanging up there when I do my dishes. I sometimes stare at it.” They had no idea what exactly was going on, but they were intrigued once Priscilla gave them the item in question. This gave them the chance to take a look at it for themselves. Soon enough, they realized that there was more to this ornament than they first thought.

More Than Just A Simple Ornament

More Than Just A Simple Ornament

Something Powdery

Kat and Priscilla told the reporters that they noticed two hidden compartments inside the ornament. Once more, Priscilla held it up as her daughter shone a light on it. This was how they first saw its contents. Kat shared with the reporters what she had in mind. “I said to her, ‘it looks like it’s ashes, Mom,” she narrated. They were not yet sure if this was true but answering that question would lead to several more. For one thing, they had no idea whose remains it could be.

Something Powdery

Something Powdery

Considering The Possibility

It was a truly beautiful ornament. Priscilla was drawn to it because of its intricate details, but it made sense for it to be carefully made if it really had ashes inside of it. After they realized what it might be, Priscilla and Kat felt bad for shaking the ornament. Was it disrespectful for them to do such a thing? Aside from that, the mother was unsure if she wanted to have something like that inside her home.

Considering The Possibility

Considering The Possibility

How She Felt

We can see why Priscilla would feel weirded out by the thought of keeping the ornament in her home. After all, it sounded a little morbid to use it as a decoration when it might contain ashes. How unsettling would that be? However, she eventually felt empathy for the late person and their family members. They had no idea how this object reached the thrift store, but it was probably a mistake. There was a chance that they were looking for it. Priscilla knew that she could at least try to return it to them.

How She Felt

How She Felt

Finding A Way To Give It Back

Priscilla wanted to do everything in her power if it meant returning the object to the original owners. She wanted to get help from the press when it came to her idea of looking for the relatives that gave it away. If that did not work, she already had a backup plan in mind. When she talked to the reporters, she told them, “It’s beautiful. It must have a story. So that’s my goal: to find out where and who this belongs to.” She had already gotten in touch with the police, but it felt like the answers were still so far away.

Finding A Way To Give It Back

Finding A Way To Give It Back

Letting People Know

Once the reporters left the house, Kat and Priscilla decided to simply hold onto it in the meantime. They would do everything they could to look for the folks who owned it. Hopefully, the news story was going to reach a person who knew something about the ornament. Aside from that, they had one more thing in mind. They decided to share it online to widen the reach of their search! Was this plan going to work?

Letting People Know

Letting People Know

Making Use Of Social Media

Kat took to Facebook to share what her mother found. She posted a photo of the glass ornament and talked about how they got their hands on the item. “It breaks my heart that this was tossed away and just sitting on a shelf at Savers for $2,” she shared. On top of that, she asked anyone with leads to reach out to her so that they could return it. They were surprised by the responses that they received online!

Making Use Of Social Media

Making Use Of Social Media

Yet Another Ornament

Priscilla got in touch with Savers, the thrift store where she got it from. The manager of the store told her most of the donations come from people who lived in the area. There was a good chance that the owner of the ornament was a fellow Plymouth resident. A local woman by the name of Connie Whiteman Slate left a comment on the Facebook post. It read, “Please let me know what you find out as I have one also. Found mine at a thrift shop too! It’s heavy in weight.”

Yet Another Ornament

Yet Another Ornament

More Ornaments

More people chimed in to say that they also have something similar in their homes. One woman replied to the conversation by saying that she got hers at a thrift store as well. However, that took place in the Pacific Northwest. “Mine was iridescent and heart-shaped like this one, but much less ornament and more suncatcher-like,” this person said. She also revealed more information about what she found inside her very own ornament. It was not exactly the same as what Kat and Priscilla suspected. This woman said, “It was made from the ash of Mt. Saint Helen.”

More Ornaments

More Ornaments

Theories About The Contents

This woman suggested that the ornament in the story might hold the same thing. She told them, “This could also explain what appears to be ashes enclosed within… could be a possibility.” The entire time, Kat and Priscilla had been too wrapped up in the idea that it was the remains of a person. They had not even considered that it might be the ashes of something else. Even though they have no answer to the mystery yet, they have not given up. We are sure that the truth will come out in due time.

Theories About The Contents

Theories About The Contents

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