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Cyclist Finds Camera, Then Tracks Down Owner 4 Years Later And Captures Moment It’s Returned

by Olivia Jakiel
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If this doesn’t restore your faith in humanity, then you probably need to take a long, hard look in the mirror and ask yourself what the heck is wrong with you!

Aaron Chase found a GoPro camera way back in 2014 after he crashed his bike while doing a photo shoot. Being the kindhearted person he is, Aaron didn’t want to just take the camera and keep it for himself; after all, GoPros are pretty pricey, so Aaron made it his mission to track down the rightful owner of the expensive camera.

The 40-year-old from Belmont, New Hampshire, took the camera home and charged it, then began looking through videos he found to try and identify the person who lost it. After he was unable to find any concrete evidence, Aaron set the camera aside, and it got “lost in the shuffle” with everything else going on in his life. In December 2018, Aaron rediscovered the camera and was determined to get it back to whoever lost it.

After some more detective work, Aaron traveled to Barry Lakes, New Jersey, where he believed the owner lived.

I had no clue the kid from the camera would still be living in the same home all these years later,” he told Caters News. “It was so exciting to see the boys out front of their home washing their quads. I couldn’t believe it! A GoPro is more than just capturing the action — it was like finding a time capsule of a kid’s life at a certain time and place. I instantly started laughing when I saw the kid for the first time and everything appeared like it had never changed. He was older but still messing with his quad.”

Aaron filmed the moment he found Sean, who lost the camera in the same spot Aaron crashed, and returned it to him.

“I was surprised to find the GoPro in the first place, but to see it come full circle and be returned to the owner, that was really special,” Aaron added.

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