Missing wallet, photos to be reunited with owner 51 years later

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PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. – A wallet missing for more than half a century will soon be reunited with its owner.

TJ Ward found the wallet while working a demolition project at the old Fuller school in Pulaski County.

“The first thing I noticed is the old pictures,” Ward says.

Inside the wallet, he found photos and a driver’s license, which dated the items back to 1968.

He also noticed a woman’s name.

He used the name to solicit help on Facebook to help tracking her down.

It worked.

“Yeah, she was stoked,” Ward says.

“Like she couldn’t believe it.”

He tracked down Liz Chambers who spoke to us via video chat from Virginia where she now lives.

She says one of the photos in the wallet was of her late uncle who was killed one year after that exact photo was taken.

“Getting that photo of him is going to be very, very special,” Chambers says.

TJ smiles from ear-to-ear hearing how grateful Liz was.

For TJ, the good deed is a step in the right direction after serving five years in prison for drug charges.

“I’ve done made mistakes in my life, but I’m doing better now,” Ward says.

“It’s never too late to do the right thing.” 

Ward plans to mail the wallet back to Chambers later this week.

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