Man finds couple's once lost wedding, honeymoon photos
HARLINGEN, Nov 27, 2012 (Valley Morning Star - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Thanks to a Good Samaritan, a new bride has retrieved priceless pictures of her wedding and honeymoon cruise.
"I want to cry actually, because I didn't sleep at all last night," Kimberly Garcia, 21, said, explaining that she lost the digital camera memory card late Sunday when she was leaving the IHOP restaurant at 2105 W. Lincoln St. with her mother and sister.
Garcia said she had planned to download the pictures of the wedding and honeymoon cruise to the Cayman Island, Jamaica and Cozumel from the card onto her mother's computer. As soon as she realized it was missing, she went straight back to IHOP, but she couldn't find the memory card.
"After I went to IHOP I went to my mom's house," she said. "I checked the truck because I had been in the truck with my mom and my sister. I didn't find it and my husband was driving me everywhere to look for it."
Her husband, Neythan, whom she married June 23, did what he could to console her.
"My husband told me to calm down because I was crying and crying and crying," she said. "I mean, I couldn't believe it because I will never get those pictures back. Once they're gone, they're gone and that's it."
Her husband finally returned home for the night, but Garcia said she went back to the restaurant with a flashlight about 2:30 a.m. to continue searching.
She checked the yard outside her mother's house, stores where she had shopped during the day, and she went back again to the IHOP later in the morning.
Raul Charles had also been eating at the restaurant Sunday night, and he found the card as he was leaving at about 11:30 p.m.
"I put it in my pocket, because we were the only ones there," Charles said. He had finished a meal of pancakes with his wife when he found the card.
He said that it was around 9 a.m. Monday he put the card into his laptop computer and began looking through the pictures.
What he found was photos of a young couple getting married, with numerous other photos of their daily activities, all dated this year.
"They were just regular engagement pictures, stuff like that, and their cruise pictures," Charles said. "They're on the cruise line, take the ocean, the view, stuff like that."
Charles recognized the young bride because he had seen her at the IHOP with her mother and sister, and they had left about 20 minutes before he did.
He thought it would take the owner about two or three days to realize the card was missing.
Garcia called IHOP again at about 7 a.m. and then drove to the restaurant to look again for the missing card.
"I was looking around the bushes, and I was looking everywhere because I thought it could have fallen outside in the parking lot," she said.
Inside the restaurant, a waitress politely asked the people sitting at the table where Garcia and her family had sat if they could allow her to search for the card. The search yielded nothing.
The IHOP manager took Garcia's name and phone number, in the event the memory card was located.
And that's about the time that Charles called restaurant to ask if anyone was looking for a missing digital camera memory card.
IHOP put Garcia in touch with Charles, who explained that he remembered Garcia and her family when he looked at the photos on the card.
Garcia and her husband met Charles at a local Whataburger and picked up the card Monday afternoon.
With the recovered memory card, she vowed to download the pictures "right away."
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