Saturday, November 26, 2005

Dallas Cop Resorts to Genealogy

From The Dallas (Tex.) Morning News:

Police find tough suitcase to crack

Officers seek out the owners of mementos that span a century

November 25, 2005

By TANYA EISERER / The Dallas Morning News

The little, flowered green suitcase contains a treasure-trove of fading photos, marriage licenses, land deeds and mementos spanning at least a century. But it's a puzzle how it ended up behind an Oak Lawn mechanic shop this summer.


[Dallas police Sgt. Judy] Katz and another property room employee have spent hours poring over the photographs and documents searching for clues. The photos appear to be mostly of three related families: the Pulliams, the Foxes and the Hairs, who have links to Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle town of Olton, about 45 miles outside Lubbock.


She tracked down a possible relative in Olton, and that woman believes the people in the photographs might be distant relatives. But otherwise, police have had little success tracking down the owners of the suitcase.

"This is somebody's whole genealogical history," Sgt. Katz said. "I'm going to keep at it as long as I can to try to find family to give it to."


[Read the whole story]
Update (Nov. 29, 2005): The suitcase has been returned to the family.

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