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FLOWER MOUND (CBS 11 NEWS) – The mystery surrounding an infant’s death more than 30 years ago has been solved, thanks in part, to viewers like you.
Monday CBS 11 News brought you the story of lost photos recovered at a North Texas gas station. They included information about a baby who only lived one day.
Reached via Skype in Anchorage, Alaska, Joshua Nelson has a new found sense of perspective. “Despite how big the world is, it’s a small place, especially in today’s day and age,” he said.
CBS 11 viewers have been sharing on social media our story about Paul Longoria, who found a ziploc bag of photos on the ground at a gas station. The photo we didn’t show you sparked the most interest. It showed little Adam Charles Nelson lying in a casket. He had only lived one day.
“There’s very few pictures out there of Adam,” Nelson explained.
Joshua Nelson is Adam’s younger brother. He was driving from Dallas to Missouri to visit family two weeks ago when he stopped at a Flower Mound gas station. He was long gone by the time he discovered the photos a family member had just given him were gone.
“I was kind of at a loss. I honestly thought the rental car company and the detailer had just tossed them because he didn’t know what he had there,” Nelson said.
After Longoria contacted us, we called the cemetery described in the obituary, but they couldn’t help. Some of the phone numbers we found for survivors were disconnected.
Cindy Stewart Harbison pointed out on our Facebook page that, “The baby’s obit has many clues that lead to a family in Nixa, MO via the mother’s maiden name.” Ann D. Smith researched Adam’s father Craig; she noted, “It also says Craig is related to a Joshua, maybe the older boy in the pic???”
“The man in the pictures is my father, and of course I’m the little boy with the Ghostbusters shirt,” Nelson said.
That’s what we learned when we called the number for Joshua Nelson that we found on a public records database. He was grateful to hear from us and to find the photo of the older brother he never knew.
“It’s good to have that so that when I grow older I can share that with my children and pass that along to them. I can also use it as an example of God’s grace in our family,” Nelson said.
We have put Nelson in touch with Longoria so they can arrange to have the photos sent to Alaska.
Nelson wanted us to pass along his thanks to everyone out there who helped track him down, and he tells us he’s also grateful that now he can admit to his aunt in Dallas who gave him the photos that he lost them.
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