New York City (WLTX/CBS) -Every year on Sept. 11, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe posted the same photo on social media: a wedding photo found in the rubble of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks. For 13 years, she’s been searching for the people in the photo.
This year, her search came to an end.
The photo was retweeted more than 76,000 times. On Friday September 12, Keefe received a message on LinkedIn from Fred Mahe, who was in the background of the picture.
Mahe saw the photo last at his desk on the 77th floor of the second World Trade Center tower 13 years ago. He thought he’d never see it again.
WLTX reports that the pair had an emotional phone call talking about the photograph and that Keefe hopes they’ll meet up soon. Mahe also contacted Christine Loredo, the bride in the photograph, who said she felt the photo was a “great memento of resilience.”
“The story is Elizabeth Keefe, the story is persistence and trying to help someone she didn’t even know,” says Mahe.
This year she tweeted “Every year on #911 I post this photo hoping 2 return 2 owner,” she wrote. “Found at #groundzero #WTC in 2001. Pls RT.”
With the power of social media it really is a small world after all.