Walking out to her car, Katie Posten found a photograph on her windshield that belongs to a family over 150 miles away in Kentucky.
The photo was found in Indiana after a swarm of tornados raged through the region.
Posten shared the story to Facebook and eventually found the owners.
“A lot of people shared it on Facebook. Someone came across it who is friends with a man with the same last name, and they tagged him,” Posten said.
Posten says she plans to return the photo to the Swatzell family this week.
“It’s really remarkable, definitely one of those things, given all that has happened, that makes you consider how valuable things are — memories, family heirlooms, and those kinds of things,” Posten said.
The old family photo is black and white and shows a woman in a striped sundress and headscarf holding a little boy in her lap.
On the back, it reads, “Gertie Swatzell & J.D. Swatzell 1942” in cursive.
UPDATE: the photo belongs to the Swatzell family from Dawson Springs, KY, and I’ve been connected with a family member. Making a plan for later this week to return it. ❤️ https://t.co/cXwINlKscd
— Katie Posten (@katieposten) December 11, 2021
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Cole Swatzell, the man who was later tagged in her post, commented that the photo belonged to family members in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, almost 130 miles away from New Albany, Indiana, as the crow flies, and 167 miles away by car.
Gov. Andy Beshear during an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” said that half of the town of Dawson Springs “doesn’t exist anymore.”
Homes were obliterated and trees were splintered like toothpicks in the town of about 2,700 people. Search and rescue teams were continuing to look for survivors.
Beshear’s office confirmed to Fox News Digital via email Sunday morning that the death toll had risen and could climb over 100.
“The confirmation process is slow, but from reports received we’ve lost more than 80. That number is likely to exceed 100,” the governor’s office said.
The confirmed death toll of 36 across five states from the tornadoes includes 22 people from Kentucky; six people in Illinois, where an Amazon facility was hit; four in Tennessee; two in Arkansas, where a nursing home was destroyed; and two in Missouri.