Updated: April 06, 2021 06:32 PM
Created: April 06, 2021 08:07 AM
Austin Miller has hiked all over the country, including the Appalachian Trail. It was there he lost his phone in 2014, and he thinks about those lost memories every day.
That's why finding a phone really motivated him to find the owner.
Back in March, he and his wife had been staying at his dad's cabin in Babbitt, and had been going skiing at Giants Ridge. But that day, around his birthday on the 14th, they decided to hike in Ely instead at Kawishiwi Falls.
"I had been jumping from rock to rock, thinking maybe I wanted to go back and get the fishing poles. Then I spotted this phone, and thought, maybe I can rescue this. I've seen worse."
Back home in Milwaukee, he decided to try and dry the phone out by placing it on his Xbox, which heats up when he uses it. He forgot about it for a few weeks. But then, last Thursday, noticed it and tried turning it on. And it did!
So he posted the picture of the homescreen on Facebook, on a page that he monitors for the fishing and pictures. It was of a family of three at Bentleyville in Duluth.
He went to bed, and Facebook did its thing. When he woke up, he had a message from Jackie Howitson, the owner. "She's like, I've had four people show me this. Is this my phone, is this for real?" It was, of course.
And now the phone is on its way back to Jackie, right around her birthday.
"Small towns still care, that's what I learned. It's a good little network. Everybody knows everybody," he said.
For a listen to what the owner, Jackie, had to say, click below:
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