The Shelby Township Police Department is looking for the owners of a photo album containing  old photos that was found near the curb in the roadway of Van Dyke Avenue June 7.

The Shelby Township Police Department is looking for the owners of a photo album containing old photos that was found near the curb in the roadway of Van Dyke Avenue June 7.

Photos provided by the Shelby Township Police Department


Shelby Police looking for owner of found photo album

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published June 21, 2021

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A photo album is awaiting reunion with its owners after being discovered in a roadway by a concerned citizen June 7 in Shelby Township.

The Shelby Township Police Department is looking for the owners of the photo album and officers hope to reunite them with their album full of personal memories.

At about noon June 7, the concerned citizen brought the red photo album to the Police Department’s front desk and stated that it had been in the roadway, near the curb, on northbound Van Dyke Avenue between 23 Mile and 24 Mile roads at the exit drive from the Police Department.

Sgt. Mark Benedettini, of the Shelby Township Police Department, said via email that the album contained many photos and names that could be valuable to someone.

“The album holds a large number of family photos, some with inscriptions and labels. We have held the album at the front desk hoping someone would come to claim it, but so far no one has. We have tried making contact with some of the names on the photos, but we have not had any luck so far,” he said.

Benedettini said that the police want to be able to return these cherished memories to the rightful owner, and the public’s help would seem to be the best chance to make it happen.

“If you are the owner, or know who might be, please call us at (586) 731-2121, ext. 345 or ext. 311. Some of the inscriptions include, ‘To Evelyn and Bob, my wonderful God Parents, Lots of Love, Joanne,’ and pictures with the names ‘Louis Minne (O’Connor),’ ‘Joanne Cass’ and ‘Chuck,’” he said.

Many of the photos are of a woman dressed up in different outfits; there is a photo of a young boy smiling and posing for a picture, and another shows a man posing with an old type of vehicle in front of a house.

For more information on the photo album, call the department at (586) 731-2121.

“We would like to get this photo album back to the family, as this album contains several old family photos,” he said.

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