Surprising Reason Woman’s Seemingly Ordinary Photo Goes Viral

Published on 05/17/2020
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If you are not a celebrity or do not have a huge social media following for other reasons, pictures of your personal life going viral is not something you typically expect to happen. Therefore when this mom decided to post photos of her Canadian trip, she didn’t really expect they would go viral. The images seemed ordinary – just friends posing at a peak with the valley in view. However, when she looked closer, the woman realized there was something in the background. Keep reading to find out why the ordinary hiking photo was actually extraordinary.

The Park

They had visited the popular hiking spot Dundas Peak in Hamilton, Canada. Located in Ontario’s greater region, the park overlooks hillsides and colorful trees, especially in autumn. Aside from offering rocks which daring visitors can sit on to enjoy a breathtaking view, the park is also where the Tew’s Falls can be found. Tew’s Falls is the tallest waterfall in its city, which makes it even more attractive to locals and tourists alike.

The Park

The Park

A Great Spot For Photos

You can capture a lot of incredible views at this park, so it’s not surprising that it gets thousands of visitors each year. Incredible photographs have been captured on the cliffhanging rocks over the sea of colorful trees. It is a great spot for models and photographers as it offers a stunning perspective. Regular visitors also enjoy feeling like models when they pose on the cliffs, showing off their bravery. To some, the thrill of positioning themselves on a cliff’s edge is one of the park’s attractive qualities.

A Great Spot For Photos

A Great Spot For Photos

Needing A Break

The mystery of the picture started with a woman named Kim, who decided to go to the park with a friend. Kim felt that she was in need of a break from her daily life as a mother and she thought of doing something adventurous. She and her friend decided on visiting the park because they have seen pictures of its sweeping views and heard of its daring reputation. They first considered the idea for the trip from the friend’s cousin. He had shown the ladies a photo of himself sitting on the famous cliffs.

Needing A Break

Needing A Break

Reaching The Peak

Although the 2.4-mile hike wouldn’t be terribly long, Kim and her friend knew they were heading uphill to get to the peak with the stunning views, so they braced themselves for the hike. The women arrived at the site and saw other hikers already taking photographs. The pair decided to take turns taking pictures of each other so that each one could play photographer and model. There was a very specific image that they wanted to achieve. Then, things started becoming strange when they posed for the photos.

Reaching The Peak

Reaching The Peak

Recreating The Cousin’s Picture

The two women had agreed they would try recreating the photo which had inspired them to do the trip. The photo shows the friend’s cousin posing on the peak’s edge. It is different from the popular pose that we see of the model looking straight ahead since the picture was taken from the side and the angle showed the face of the friend’s cousin. The pair figured that if luck was on their side, they might find someone that would take a photo of them both.

Recreating The Cousin’s Picture

Recreating The Cousin’s Picture

Something Caught Her Eye

The women took turns taking and posing for a photo. Kim was the first to take the photo, so her friend headed up and sat on the rock like how her cousin had. While she was trying to find a position that was comfortable, she noticed that there was something glimmering below. She looked around and tried to find what had caught her eye. She discovered the thing was dangling on a branch, so she reached down and grabbed it.

Something Caught Her Eye

Something Caught Her Eye

Getting The Item

The thing was actually a set of keys and they were hanging on a branch that was three feet below. However, since the friend was hanging over a cliff, she had difficulty reaching out for them. Kim went up to her friend so that she could see what exactly was happening. After finding out about the keys, Kim tried swinging her arm out to get them while her friend helped keep her stable. The women knew that if they got the keys, they could save the owner a lot of trouble.

Getting The Item

Getting The Item

The Fast Approaching Dusk

After retrieving the keys, the friends continued with their photoshoot. They were able to ask someone to take a photo of them together before the pair made their way back to their car. They had not noticed the time, so it was almost dusk when they were hiking back and the trail began to feel a bit less welcoming. They hurriedly went to the almost empty parking lot in the hopes that they would see the car which the missing keys belonged to.

The Fast Approaching Dusk

The Fast Approaching Dusk

Giving The Keys

Kim and her friend reached the parking lot just as the sun disappeared behind the trees. It was easy for them to identify which vehicle the keys belonged to as almost all of the cars were gone. The car was there, but the owner was not. Since the women didn’t want to be out in the cold while the sky grew darker, they decided to place the keys on the driver’s side on top of the car.

Giving The Keys

Giving The Keys

The Missing Car Owner

A week later, Kim and her friend discovered who the car’s owner was after it made the news. Someone had apparently gone missing at the park and though the car had been recovered by the authorities, what had happened to its owner was still a mystery. The women wished the person and those investigating the best, but soon the pair forgot about the mystery, that is until a month later. Dundas Peak came back into their lives.

The Missing Car Owner

The Missing Car Owner

Going Viral

One day, when Kim checked her social media, she discovered that her friend’s cousin’s photo had gone viral because of a Reddit post. The user had pointed out something in the photograph which would immediately make the hair stand up on the back of Kim’s neck. As soon as it spread that there was something in the back of the photo, the post went viral. It seemed everybody tried to figure out what the thing could be.

Going Viral

Going Viral

Seemed Perfectly Normal

At first glance, the photo seemed perfectly normal. It was, after all, the image that gave Kim and her friend the idea to go to Dundas Peak in the first place! In the image, the cousin stands out as he’s wearing all black and most of the trees are thin and barren. While a quick look at the photo isn’t enough to see it, if you look closer you will definitely see something strange. This is exactly what happened to Kim and her friend.

Seemed Perfectly Normal

Seemed Perfectly Normal

A Figure In The Middle

The women zoomed into the image as much as they could, making sure the quality was not too low to make anything out. Once they did this, they could see why the photo had gone viral. There seemed to be a figure in the middle of the photo standing on the cliffside. The person appeared to be wearing a white top and dark bottoms. Kim and her friend were shaken by what they saw since they were sure that area could not be accessed safely.

A Figure In The Middle

A Figure In The Middle

Checking Their Photos

The first thing that the women did was to look at their own photographs. They assumed it would also show up in their pictures if it was something on the rock or a trick of light. Oddly enough, they did not find the figure in their photos. This was especially odd as the women had done their best to recreate the cousin’s picture by getting the right angle and posing at the same spot.

Checking Their Photos

Checking Their Photos

Thinking About The Mystery

Kim and her friend did their best to stay rational about the whole situation but they couldn’t stop feeling a bit uneasy about it. This was due to the fact that they had learned a woman had gone missing at the park. As they considered the series of events, they began to think about the possibility of the figure being the missing woman. The timing somehow made it seem possible, but the women were careful not to get ahead of themselves.

Thinking About The Mystery

Thinking About The Mystery

Getting Help From Social Media

Kim and her friend were unable to unravel the mystery, so they decided to get some help from social media. Kim made a post explaining the whole story and she started with how she and her friend had decided to recreate the cousin’s picture. She also explained what appeared in the cousin’s photograph and stated that they were sure that part of the cliff could not be accessed. Then, she came up with the idea of what she needed to figure out the mystery together.

Getting Help From Social Media

Getting Help From Social Media

Comparing More Photos

Kim believed that they didn’t have enough material to solve the mystery. There was still a possibility that the figure in the picture wasn’t a person. Kim thought up the idea of looking at more photographs to see if there are others with a similar effect. She thought doing this would make her feel more reassured. This is why there was a request at the end of her post on social media.

Comparing More Photos

Comparing More Photos

Asking For More Photos

Kim asked her followers to send her any pictures they have of the same place. She also hoped they would share her post to reach more people who could send her their photos. The picture had already gone viral, so she was sure a lot of people out there would find the story interesting and would be willing to contribute to the photo collection. Kim posted her story and waited for the responses.

Asking For More Photos

Asking For More Photos

Various Theories

People started sharing their theories about the figure. There were some who thought it was a ghost since a few hikers have gone missing in the area. On the other hand, there are those who believed that something with the light or a technological problem was the cause. Some even claimed that a trail leading to the area where the figure was seen actually existed. They were sure the figure wasn’t a ghost or an optical illusion, but just another hiker.

Various Theories

Various Theories

Was The Hype Exaggerated?

Then, one Reddit user claimed they were the person captured in the photo. They said they visited Dundas Peak on the same day when the mysterious picture was taken and they were wearing dark jeans and a light, grey sweater. It seemed like the hype was exaggerated, but it’s still possible the person was just saying all of this to end the discussion. On the other side of the world, two Americans ran into some serious trouble while they were on a trip in Bali, but social media, specifically Facebook, played a big part in saving their lives.

Was The Hype Exaggerated?

Was The Hype Exaggerated?

Sharing His Travels Online

Mikey Lythcott has made a lot of friends while traveling around the world. This 36-year-old globetrotter used to live in Lisbon, Portugal as an ex-pat but he uses social media to stay connected with his international buddies. Mikey would often post photos of marketplaces and exotic beaches to keep friends up to date with every new country that he ticks off his bucket list. However, during his trip to Bali, Indonesia, he posted something which had his friends really worried.

Sharing His Travels Online

Sharing His Travels Online

Plans Of Meeting Up

An avid world traveler, Mikey had visited 54 different countries. In February 2018, he went on a trip in Thailand and met Stacey Eno, an English teacher living in Gwangju, South Korea. The pair made plans to meet up again the following August, but this time in Bali, Indonesia. While it was an opportunity which came spontaneously and allowed him to tick off his 55th country, Mikey had no idea that he would be fighting to stay alive just hours after arriving in the Asian country.

Plans Of Meeting Up

Plans Of Meeting Up

Exploring The Island By Scooter

On August 22, 2018, Mikey and Stacey arrived in Ubud, a town in the island of Bali. They thought that exploring Bali’s upland region by scooter would be neat, so they rented one, wore their helmets, and started their journey. At that point, the two had only been in Indonesia for seven hours but things soon started going downhill.

Exploring The Island By Scooter

Exploring The Island By Scooter

Traveling Uphill

As the pair continued with their scooter excursion, they ended up going uphill. They were probably riding cautiously and a little more slowly because a van passed them. Mikey later recalled to CNN, “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

Mikey and Stacey did not have enough time to turn, so they ended up riding off the hill and plunging into a ravine. Mikey told CNN that when he regained consciousness, he had no idea where he was and could only see trees and the sky. Since they were in the middle of a Bali forest, it was very dark, and when Mikey tried to orient himself, he realized he had lost his eyeglasses and his helmet and he couldn’t move his left wrist. They were disoriented by the crash, but they were still lucky because Mikey had something in his pocket that ended up being their only saving grace.

The Crash

The Crash

Injured And Slipping

When Mikey came to after the crash, he realized that he was seriously injured. He told CNN, “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 explained that while he felt he was on some kind of incline, he didn’t really know to where he was slipping because he couldn’t see what was around him.

Injured And Slipping

Injured And Slipping

Alive But Injured

Mikey called out to Stacey, who responded that she thought she was also seriously injured because she couldn’t move. They were both lost, immobile, and helpless. Mikey heard running water and became worried they were on an incline that would fall into some river. If the water was too deep, they might drown because their injuries would probably hinder them from swimming out. However, if the water was too shallow, it was possible they would plummet to their death.

Alive But Injured

Alive But Injured

No One Knew They Were There

Since Mikey had lost his helmet, he probably had a serious head injury too. He told CNN, “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.” They couldn’t move in the dense forestry, so there was no way they could physically go back to the road to ask for help from passersby.

No One Knew They Were There

No One Knew They Were There

A Welcome Surprise

Mikey struggled to remember how they got in the accident, but he was conscious enough to try to do something. Although he had a cellphone with a local SIM, he realized that it also got lost in the crash. Surprisingly, he could feel that his American phone was still in his jacket pocket, and after taking it out, he turned its international roaming on. There was barely a signal on it, but he managed to carry out what he did next.

A Welcome Surprise

A Welcome Surprise

Sending Out An SOS

“I got it and turned on international roaming and just barely got signal,” Mikey told CNN. After deciding to put an SOS out on Facebook, he posted this: “Help. In danger. Call police.” Then, there was nothing else he could do but wait. Thankfully, he didn’t have to wait long because these days, depending on how much active your social media accounts have, your friends will probably notice if there is something off. At that point, it was up to Mikey’s Facebook friends to do something and save the day…

Sending Out An SOS

Sending Out An SOS

A Friend Immediately Noticed The SOS

Back in 2004, Aimee Sparks met Mikey in Seattle and in 2014, the friends went together on a trip to Nepal. She was among the first few people to see Mikey’s SOS. She told CNN, “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.” Although Aimee was definitely alarmed, something seemed off.

A Friend Immediately Noticed The SOS

A Friend Immediately Noticed The SOS

Worried For Her Friend

At first, Aimee didn’t quite know what to do. She told CNN, “I worried that he had been drugged or kidnapped or something.” She explained, “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.” Aimee confirmed that Mikey was indeed in grave danger.

Worried For Her Friend

Worried For Her Friend

Many Thought The Post Was A Scam

More people saw Mikey’s SOS and they also believed that there was something going on. “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 told CNN. Those friends soon realized the SOS message was very real.

Many Thought The Post Was A Scam

Many Thought The Post Was A Scam

Communication Was Not Easy

Mikey was incredibly lucky to have been able to post the SOS on Facebook and talk to Aimee. Communicating with the rest of the world was in fact a struggle due to the situation that he was in. His left wrist was injured and he couldn’t move it, so he had to type on his phone with just his right hand. What’s worse, international roaming was draining the battery on his cellphone, which was alerting him the battery would soon die.

Communication Was Not Easy

Communication Was Not Easy

A Pin Of His Approximate Location

Despite having very little time, Mikey was able to share his approximate location with Aimee. She told CNN, “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.” Thanks to the location features of Facebook, Aimee was able to get Mikey’s approximate location even though he couldn’t tell for sure which part of Bali he was in. Mikey was able to ask for help, but there was very little time left before the battery on his phone and his brain gave out…

A Pin Of His Approximate Location

A Pin Of His Approximate Location

Friends Banding Together

Now that she knew of Mikey’s approximate location in Bali, Aimee was able to get help from his friends to save him. His friend in Vancouver had contacts in Indonesia and started getting the ball rolling on Mikey’s rescue, while his friend from the Netherlands got in touch with the local police in Bali. Based on the location Mikey shared, a Los Angeles friend was able to see on online maps that Mikey was indeed beside a waterfall.

Friends Banding Together

Friends Banding Together

An International Effort

Thankfully, Mikey’s friend in Prague provided them the Indonesian consulate’s phone numbers. “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 told CNN, “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

The efforts of Mikey’s Facebook friends really paid off. He was able to talk to Indonesian authorities just before his phone died. “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,” Mikey later recalled to CNN.

Help On The Way

Help On The Way

Holding On For Dear Life

There was a huge international rescue effort going on while Mikey and Stacey were holding on for dear life. The only thing they could do was to keep the faith that there was a real rescue mission, but they were slowly slipping into the ravine. What’s worse, after his phone gave out, Mikey started losing consciousness. In spite of that, he continued to reassure Stacey that help was coming. “I really thought we would die so I wanted to comfort her,” Mikey revealed to CNN.

Holding On For Dear Life

Holding On For Dear Life

Help Finally Arrived

Mikey recalled it probably took three or four hours for help to finally arrive. When he and Stacey heard some people on the road near them, the pair gathered what little energy they had to shout and ask for help. It was the rescue party whom the pair heard and they successfully pulled Mikey and Stacey out of the ravine. The two must have been there for quite some time because it was already morning when they were rescued and finally made it out. With the daylight, the friends could finally see the damage.

Help Finally Arrived

Help Finally Arrived

In Terrible Shape

“It was the first time seeing how far we went down. It was far,” Mikey told CNN about what happened moments after he and Stacey got rescued out of the ravine. They were both in terrible shape, so the rescue party placed them on a flatbed truck to take them to the nearest hospital. However, the X-rays showed that their condition was really serious and the hospital could not handle it, so the pair were transferred to a more advanced facility with equipment needed to deal with their injuries. Mikey and Stacey were rescued, but they soon had to face another serious challenge…

In Terrible Shape

In Terrible Shape

The Extent Of His Injuries

Mikey and Stacey were transferred to the Bali BIMC Hospital in the resort town of Kuta and they had life-saving surgeries. Mikey suffered cracked ribs and spine, a broken wrist, a skull fracture, perforated bowels and internal damage. He had to undergo surgery on his abdomen, wrist, and skull and chest tubes had to be inserted to inflate his lungs. His hospital stay lasted until September 3, 2018.

The Extent Of His Injuries

The Extent Of His Injuries

Serious Injuries To The Face

As for Stacey, she seriously fractured her left wrist, cheekbones, and nose, and her tongue was split by something during the accident. Her injuries weren’t as serious as Mikey’s, so she was discharged from the hospital earlier and then, returned to her home in South Korea. Mikey’s sister flew out to Bali to see him. After he was finally released from the hospital, the two stayed at a hotel nearby until his condition improved and was well enough to fly back to her home outside Atlanta.

Serious Injuries To The Face

Serious Injuries To The Face

The “Wild Ride”

Looking back on their trip to Bali, Stacey calls it a “wild ride” and sh told CNN the accident won’t stop her from seeing and exploring the world. She said, “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.” What happened to Mikey and Stacey would scare off some people from traveling for quite a while, but not the two friends.

The "Wild Ride"

The “Wild Ride”

Still In Shock

It will probably take quite some time for Mikey and Stacey to get over the shock of their near-death experience. Stacey said, “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.” She added, “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

“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,” Mikey also told Inc. He is truly grateful for his Facebook friends. He knew at least one of them would take him seriously. Thankfully, dozens of them came through for him.

The Real Hero

The Real Hero

Friends Who Became Blessings

Mikey realized how valuable the friendships we make during our travels are. He told CNN, “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.” It was a blessing he had a lot of Facebook friends that were online when he posted the SOS. If something like this happened to someone whose social media following isn’t large, they might not be so lucky.

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 told CNN. If this had happened in an era before, it would have been a true miracle for Mikey and Stacey to get help. It’s already a miracle that Mikey had put his American phone in his pocket and was able to use it!

Technology Helped Tremendously

Technology Helped Tremendously

A New Challenge

From Korea, Stacey tells reporters that her injuries would take several months to heal up and she plans on going back to her home in Michigan when she finishes her English teaching contract. The reason for her moving back is the new challenge that she is facing – paying for the incredibly expensive medical bills. Her family has even started a campaign on GoFundMe to help her and as of September 13, 2018, they have raised over $13,000.

A New Challenge

A New Challenge

Their Medical Expenses

The total amount of Stacey’s medical expenses is $30,000, while Mikey’s was twice that. His wrist surgery alone cost $9,000, and every night that he stayed in the hospital also cost $550. Thankfully, Mikey had already proven he had an incredible group of friends, so it isn’t surprising that he has managed to raise more than half of the $60,000 needed to cover his medical bills. Yet another interesting Facebook story – a woman shared on the site that she bought an item at a thrift store and other people started sharing their suspicions about the item.

Their Medical Expenses

Their Medical Expenses

A Woman Finds Something Unexpected Inside A Thrift Store Ornament

Plymouth, Massachusetts resident Priscilla Bailey found an ornament at a local thrift store which caught her eye. The ornament had a $2 price tag, which she thought was quite a good deal. Priscilla decided to buy it right there and then. However, when she got home, she noticed something unusual about the ornament.

A Woman Finds Something Unexpected Inside A Thrift Store Ornament

A Woman Finds Something Unexpected Inside A Thrift Store Ornament

A Veteran Thrift Shopper

It wasn’t the first time Priscilla had gone shopping at that particular thrift store. She liked thrift shopping for the reason that unique and beautiful items are sold at a fraction of the price which a regular retail store might sell it for. She would often drop by thrift stores within her area when she was running errands. Priscilla may be a veteran thrift shopper, but she had no clue that she had discovered something really special. When she realized what she had come across, she didn’t know whether to get in touch with the media or call the police.

A Veteran Thrift Shopper

A Veteran Thrift Shopper

The Ornament

Priscilla found the ornament sitting on a shelf together with other blown glass items at the thrift store. Aside from having a thing for glass ornaments, she was also attracted to this particular ornament because it was blue – her favorite color. She picked it up and checked its price tag stuck. She found out the ornament would just cost her $2, so she grabbed the chance to own this gorgeous ornament for a really low price.

The Ornament

The Ornament

Too Cheap

Although it is known that thrift stores have very good prices, a $2 blown glass ornament seems to be really cheap even if it is sold at a thrift store, so what is the catch? After inspecting it, Priscilla saw nothing wrong with the ornament and it seemed perfectly fine. In addition, it also had some weight to it and was made with care and a lot of glass, so the ornament wasn’t extremely fragile or brittle.

Too Cheap

Too Cheap

At Home With Her New Treasure

When she got home with the ornament, Priscilla unwrapped her new treasure and began to take a closer look at it. After examining the metalwork more closely, Priscilla wondered what the story of this piece is. Many previously owned items have such great stories. She held the ornament in her hands and flipped it around, admiring the blue glass. The piece was not only really beautiful but also enchanting.

At Home With Her New Treasure

At Home With Her New Treasure

Heavier Than Expected

While the ornament was in her hands, Priscilla noticed it was heavier than what she had expected. Although she was not an expert on ornaments, she had held quite a few glass ornaments in her life, so she could tell this particular ornament had some more weight to it. She ignored the ornament’s surprising heaviness for the time being and displayed her find in the kitchen. It wasn’t until her daughter came over later that Priscilla realized there was an important detail that she had overlooked.

Heavier Than Expected

Heavier Than Expected

Showing The Ornament To Her Daughter

This is Priscilla’s daughter, Kat, who also loves blown glass ornaments. She loves blown glass so much she dreamed of having her own blown glass shop in Massachusetts. She was pretty excited when her mom showed her the ornament that she had stumbled upon at the thrift store. Even though Priscilla didn’t mention the ornament’s strange weight to her daughter, Kat still noticed that something was strange about the glass ornament. What did Kat notice?

Showing The Ornament To Her Daughter

Showing The Ornament To Her Daughter

Her Daughter’s Observation

Thinking the heart-shaped ornament was really beautiful, Kat gently took the ornament in her hands to take a better look. She also noticed it was heavier than what she expected it to be and told her mother of her observation. Priscilla admitted that she too, thought the ornament was unexpectedly heavy. Then, Kat had an idea and went to look for a flashlight to see whether something was inside the ornament or not. That light soon revealed something incredible.

Her Daughter’s Observation

Her Daughter’s Observation

Something Inside Was Moving

Priscilla thought it was an excellent idea to use a flashlight to see what is inside the ornament. At first, they didn’t see anything unusual when they shone the flashlight on the ornament, but then, they saw something moving inside the ornament. Using the light, the mother and daughter pair discovered that two secret compartments were inside the glass ornament and that something was moving around in the smaller compartment. Priscilla really wanted to find out what was inside, so she decided to call both the media and the police.

Something Inside Was Moving

Something Inside Was Moving

Getting Some Help

Pricilla and Kat realized they needed expert help to unravel this mystery, so Priscilla called the local authorities and asked them to inspect her item. She thought that whatever was inside could be dangerous or illegal. She also got in touch with the Boston Globe to invite news reporters to her house. Priscilla wanted to know what they thought about her mysterious two-dollar thrift store glass ornament. Priscilla had no idea what was inside it yet, but her gut was telling her it was going to be something interesting.

Getting Some Help

Getting Some Help

More Than Just A Simple Ornament

The news reporters were the first to show up at Priscilla’s house, and she told them all that she knew about the ornament. The reporters sat around her kitchen table and Priscilla told them, “Right now, it’s hanging up there when I do my dishes. I sometimes stare at it.” Without any idea what to expect, the reporters felt quite intrigued as Priscilla handed them the ornament so that they could inspect it themselves. It became immediately clear that it held much more meaning and was not just a simple Christmas tree ornament.

More Than Just A Simple Ornament

More Than Just A Simple Ornament

Something Powdery

Priscilla and Kat then showed the reporters how the pair noticed there were two compartments hidden inside the glass ornament. Like what they had done before, Priscilla held the ornament up while Kat shined the flashlight on it, which revealed the contents inside. Kat told the reporters what her theory was. “I said to her, ‘it looks like it’s ashes, Mom.'” However, even if they were ashes, it was still a mystery whose remains they were, and how the ornament ended up being sold at a thrift store.

Something Powdery

Something Powdery

Considering The Possibility

The ornament was undoubtedly beautiful and it would make sense that it was carefully made with stunning detail if it indeed contained ashes inside. However, the two women had been shaking the ornament without knowing there were ashes inside, so they wondered if what they had done was disrespectful. Priscilla wasn’t even sure she wanted the ornament in her home if it in fact contained ashes of someone’s relative.

Considering The Possibility

Considering The Possibility

How She Felt

At first, Priscilla felt weirded out by the idea that she had the ashes of some random person in her home and that she had handled the ornament which contained them numerous times. That was a little unsettling. However, as she thought about it further, she felt empathy for the person whose remains were in the ornament and the family members who would want to keep such a precious item. Even though Priscilla had no idea how the ornament ended up at the thrift store, she knew that she needed to do something about it.

How She Felt

How She Felt

Finding A Way To Give It Back

Priscilla was determined to do whatever she could to find the right person to give the ornament to. She hoped she could get help from the news media in finding the relatives that mistakenly gave away the item to the thrift store, but she had already decided to find another way if this didn’t work. Talking to reporters, she said, “It’s beautiful. It must have a story. So that’s my goal: to find out where and who this belongs to.” Even though she had notified the police, she still didn’t feel as if she was closer to finding answers.

Finding A Way To Give It Back

Finding A Way To Give It Back

Letting People Know

When the news media left, Priscilla and Kat made a decision to keep the glass ornament for the time being while they tried to figure out who to give it back to. They hoped the news story would reach someone who knew who to return the ornament to. The pair also came up with another idea. They thought of sharing the story on Facebook so that they could reach anyone that might have an idea about it through social media.

Letting People Know

Letting People Know

Making Use Of Social Media

Kat shared the story and added a close-up picture of the glass ornament. Explaining how the item ended up with her and her mother, she wrote: “It breaks my heart that this was tossed away and just sitting on a shelf at Savers for $2.” In addition, she asked for anyone that might know anything about the ornament to get in touch with her so that she and her mother could properly give it back in safe care. Then, something unexpected happened… someone replied!

Making Use Of Social Media

Making Use Of Social Media

Yet Another Ornament

Priscilla also contacted Savers, the store where she purchased it from, to inform them of her find. According to the store’s manager, the majority of the donations they receive are from people living in the area, so it was possible that whoever donated the ornament is a resident of Plymouth. Then, Connie Whiteman Slate, a local woman, commented on Kat’s post on Facebook: “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

The conversation on the post continued since there was someone else who commented she had a similar ornament as well. The woman replied that she also found hers at a thrift store, though the store is in the Pacific Northwest. This was her description of the ornament: “Mine was iridescent and heart-shaped like this one, but much less ornament and more suncatcher-like.” She also included some information about what is inside the ornament that the other women hadn’t known before. She wrote, “It was made from the ash of Mt. Saint Helen.”

More Ornaments

More Ornaments

Theories About The Contents

The woman who knew about where the ashes contained in her ornament came from replied, “This could also explain what appears to be ashes enclosed within… could be a possibility.” This whole time, Priscilla and Kat believed the ornament contained a person’s ashes just like an urn and hadn’t even considered the possibility the ashes were from something else. Although the two women haven’t receive a confirmed answer yet, the Facebook post is still going viral, so the truth will likely reveal itself.

Theories About The Contents

Theories About The Contents

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