Mystery solved: Trove of photos found in Victoria claimed by owner's nephew

A collection of decades-old photographs found in a public square in Victoria will remain in the family after police turned to the public for help finding the rightful owner.

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The photos were found in an envelope in Victoria's Centennial Square on Dec. 2 and then turned over to police.

On Wednesday, investigators posted the photos online. Less than 24 hours later, police were contacted by a man who spotted his parents, grandparents, and even a photo of his own wedding among the snapshots.

The Victoria Police Department will be mailing out dozens of photos, some that date back to the 1940s, to the owner's nephew in Ontario on Thursday.

The photo's owner lived in the Toronto area in the 1950s and later moved to Victoria, where he died about a year ago.

"He knows about his uncle who lived out here (in Victoria), and that he passed away almost a year to the day," Const. Matt Rutherford told CTVNews.ca in a telephone interview.

Among the collection were wedding and graduation pictures, snapshots of birthday parties and several black and white photos.

While the photos will remain in the family, how the album ended up in Victoria's Centennial Square remains a mystery.

We'll be returning the #switzerphotos to the family today. Thank you, #yyj for your help. #teamwork

— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) January 7, 2016

We located family photos on Dec 2nd in Centennial Square & would like to return them. See them all here: https://t.co/9ZEJG7FcXD

— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) January 6, 2016


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