Jeanne Bokesch was cleaning out an old desk she'd bought in Montreal when she discovered a box inside containing four war medals. She and her husband Martin knew they needed to find the rightful owner, so he posted the medals to Facebook.
"Please, as a tribute to those that fought and served, lets find the owner," he wrote, and posted photos of the medals and the box they came in. "Share the heck out of this please!!
His post has since been shared more than 30,000 times, and hundreds of people have reached out to help identify the medals, and their possible owner. "This has really taken on a life of its own," Bokesch told BuzzFeed Canada.
Bokesch is frantically trying to keep track of all the leads and pieces of information people are sending along. "I have a spreadsheet that's pages and pages long," he said. "I’m not a very good detective, but I may be by the end of this."
One promising lead is the box. It has two names on it: "J. Nicholls" and one "Dorothy I. Priest" of Timmins, Ontario. Bokesch said he's found "the daughter of the woman whose name is on the box," and that they will be speaking soon.
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