Morgan Co. woman looks for owner of hand-drawn photo found hidden in picture frame

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. - You expect to end up with a few family heirlooms when shopping at an antique store; but one Decatur woman says she and her mother found something they're not sure the original owners meant to part with.

The simple frame bought at a Decatur thrift shop had just an ordinary picture in it. "My mom liked the frame. She thought, ‘well I could use that for something’," said Nancy Hardin.

Hardin's mother put the frame away, and for several years, never looked at it. When the time came to change the picture, there was a surprise waiting -- a hand-drawn portrait. "That picture had to get something put over it and someone just forgot," said Hardin.

Do you recognize the woman in this drawing? We'd like to connect with her family to help return it to them.

Do you recognize the woman in this drawing? We'd like to connect with her family to help return it to them.

Every picture is said to be worth a thousand words, and in this case, three of them are written on the bottom. "In the left corner it says mom and has a little heart on it," said Hardin. "There is the name of the artist on it, but it's a little bit hard to read. The name looks like it is Nicole Sirk."

They're looking for the rightful owner of the picture, knowing it has to mean something to someone. "It's exquisite work, whoever did it. Very attractive lady and ya know, and if it was my family I would want to have it back," said Hardin.

The picture has been shared on Facebook more than 12,000 times, but so far, no one has come forward to claim the photo.

Click here to see an enhanced photo of the artist's signature. 

If you recognize the person in this photo, or the name at the bottom, please email Megan Brantley at megan.brantley@whnt.com.