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Crystal River tour group locates owner of camera found while swimming with manatees

Pictures dated from 2012 to 2014
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Posted at 6:21 AM, Apr 22, 2021

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. — UPDATE — Thanks to Facebook, Plantation Adventure Center and Manatee Tours located the owner of a camera found Tuesday during a manatee swimming tour.

Lori Stephens reached out on the group's post saying she lost the camera in 2014 while paddleboarding. Stephens, who lives in North Carolina, said she was "enamored" with the manatees and the camera fell off her paddleboard.

"We are sooooooo very happy to say that with all of your shares, hints, and leads the owner of the camera has been found!! We can not thank you enough! STAY TUNED as we are going to be reuniting Lori and her family with her SD card full of pictures and ALSO giving them the opportunity to relive the manatee experience again. We look forward to meeting them and keeping you updated on all of the fun!"

ORIGINAL STORY — Plantation Adventure Center and Manatee Tours is calling on the community for help to find the owner of a camera found Tuesday.

According to the tour group, the Olympus camera was found while swimming with the manatees and was severely corroded from being in the water. But the SD card was still intact when the camera was opened.

"These photos are dated from 2012 to 2014 when it looks like they visited Crystal River at that time. There are 1,000's of photos from all over the country on this SD card that I am sure this family is missing terribly."


The group is asking anyone who recognizes the people in the photos to call them at 352-795-5797.