Goodwill camera purchase turns up precious memories

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Many people will never know the history behind thrift store finds. Each piece is inevitably marked with a story.

One man's recent purchase provided him a glimpse into a family's precious moments.

Joe Lynch didn't need a top-of-the-line video camera. For five bucks, he couldn't resist picking up a turn-of-the-millennium RCA model at a Goodwill in Clarksville, Ind.

“I take a lot of footage of my kids, but my wife keeps insisting I take more,” said Lynch.

The U.S. Army Sergeant First Class knows the value of making memories and capturing them, so when he discovered several tapes full of memories, including a newborn in a hospital, Lynch started searching for the rightful owner.

“I guess my mission right now is to try and find out who these tapes belong to so I can get them back to them,” said Lynch.

The tapes are full of family vacations, birthdays and holidays.

The family may have lived near Stillwater, Oklahoma, which is where the baby may have been born. Stillwater Medical Center is embroidered in a scrub top seen in the video.

“Somebody might know who these people are and I just want to get these tapes to them,” Lynch said.