12/30 update: The photos have been returned to their owner, according to Richmond Police:
"Ms. Henderson was lamenting the loss of the old family photos, along with her purse after they were stolen from her car in a nearby county, when a co-worker alerted her to news coverage of Third Precinct detectives trying to locate the family in the photos.
Ms. Henderson had gathered the photos after the loss of a family member, which included images of a sibling’s military service she had hoped to send the sibling as a holiday gift.
Those plans were ruined after someone stole her purse and photos. Arrests were made in a neighboring county for a vehicle theft that had occurred in Richmond, and Third Precinct detectives discovered the photos in the vehicle when they investigated.
The appeal to the public to locate the family caught the eye of the co-worker – who alerted Ms. Henderson – and soon she was meeting with Third Precinct Detective Sandlin to collect the keepsakes – and they will soon be on their way to the sibling!"
RICHMOND, Va. -- While solving a crime, Richmond Police uncovered a mystery.
"Detectives recently recovered a vehicle that had been stolen from the Maymont neighborhood. When detectives inventoried the items in the vehicle they discovered five old photographs that did not belong to the vehicle owner and might possibly have been in the vehicle as a result of a different crime," a Richmond Police spokesperson posted on social media. "Detectives are investigating and attempting to determine the location and victim that is connected to this case. For now, detectives are releasing images of these five photos in the hopes that someone recognizes them – and that they find their way home during this holiday season."
Anyone with information about the photos was asked to call Third Precinct Detective Eric Sandlin at 804-510-4201.