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Las Vegas woman needs help identifying veterans, families in pictures she found behind store

Posted at 11:53 PM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 03:00:42-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas woman found several pictures of what appears to be military veterans and their families. Some date back to the 60s and others are as recent as the early 2000s.

She is hoping 13 Action News viewers can help her find out who they belong to so that she can return them.

Some are black and white, others in vivid color and Dahl Baca has no doubt that each of the pictures tells a story that means something to someone.

She's created her own narrative by imagining who the people are and how they're connected.

“That's somebody's mother apparently. There's a little boy,” said Baca. “Well, four little boys in this picture. And I’m wondering if that's their mom."

An old clipping from a German newspaper tells of an international exchange; the people in the photo visiting someone here in the United States. Several snapshots are dated 1966 from Fort Richardson, Alaska.

A group shot appears to be some sort of reunion with men in uniform and draped in medals.

“There's a whole group of gentlemen; so I was thinking somebody in this picture is going to recognize the person that lost these maybe,” Baca said.

And then there's a young helmeted man in camouflage.

She wonders if he is the younger version of the man posing in front of a car. The back of the picture says simply "Jack" dated November 11th 2001. Another is dated September 2000. The name tags the men are wearing point to some sort of convention.

Baca said she found them behind a Smith’s Grocery Store near Craig Road and Simmons Street near the loading docks scattered on the ground.

“I don't know if it fell out of their vehicle or what,” Baca said. “But the manila envelope that these came in. It was run over, tattered and there was nothing on there for me to try and locate these people."

But if there's ever a time to go out of your way to reunite someone with lost memories she said that time is now

"It's the holidays you know you have to give one shot,” Baca said. “You know hopefully someone that lost this we can find them and return them.”