Twelve photos discovered on the ground have found their owner.
Twelve photos discovered on the ground have found their owner. (Courtesy of Wilmington Town Manager's Office)

WILMINGTON — Billerica resident Catherine Donnelly didn't expect to come across a photo from her aunt's wedding day in the 1950s while scrolling through her cell phone.

"I'm looking, and I'm going, 'That's my aunt!,'" she said in a phone interview Tuesday.

Twelve black and white photos found on Main Street have been returned to their rightful owner, thanks to community members who spread the word.

Town employees discovered the photos Friday and immediately began looking for their owner.

The Town Manager's Office shared one of the photos on Twitter around 9 a.m.

Donnelly can't remember if she saw the photo on social media or in the news. But when she did, she instantly recognized her aunt, posing in a wedding dress with her husband outside St. Anthony Parish in Woburn.

Donnelly retrieved the photos Monday around 1 p.m. from Town Manager Jeffrey Hull. She's been reminiscing ever since.

"Most people in the pictures, they're already gone," she said. She spotted her father, grandparents and brother in the photos, all of whom have since passed.

Donnelly doesn't know how the photos ended up on the ground downtown. She said her aunt, Vivian O'Mahony, moved from her residence on Main Street about two months ago. O'Mahony is 87 years old.

"I'm going to make up a little album and bring them over to my aunt," Donnelly said.

O'Mahony currently lives with her sister at CareOne in Wilmington. She has dementia, but Donnelly hopes she will recognize the photos, and happily remember her wedding day.


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