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Cary workers recover yearbook for Sanford tornado victim

Posted April 20, 2011
Updated April 21, 2011

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— One victim on Saturday's storms was reunited Wednesday with a piece of her past.

Beth Pope's home in Sanford was left splintered by the tornado that hopscotched its way from Sanford through Raleigh. She and her husband escaped without injury, but their son remained in UNC Hospitals on Wednesday with a punctured lung.

"We've basically lost everything we had," Pope said. "I could feel we were being lifted up. I just started screaming. It's a miracle that we're still here."

Some of her memories also survived unscathed.

Cary workers recover yearbook for Sanford tornado victim Cary workers recover yearbook for Sanford tornado victim

The tornado carried her 1978 Lee County High School yearbook about 30 miles to Cary, where SAS employees clearing storm debris found it on the software developer's campus on Monday.

SAS posted pictures from the yearbook to the employee website, and Shannon Heath then went looking for the book's owner.

Using the name "Beth Morgan" found in the book's autograph section, she posted information on her Facebook page. Someone else took the information and posted it to a Facebook page set up for storm victims in Sanford.

"We just really wanted to get it to her, because in times like these, you hold onto whatever you can," Heath said.

Within 12 hours, someone linked the yearbook to Pope.

WRAL News returned the yearbook to her on Wednesday.

"I am surprised it's still intact," she said, adding that the book and the memories it contains have never been more important.

"It definitely does mean a lot to me that somebody cared enough to try to contact me and try to give me some of my memories back," she said. "It's just a part of my life."

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  • queene01 Apr 22, 6:01 p.m.

    There is a NC Lost & Found on facebook.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/NC-Tornado-Victim-Lost-and-Found/205855619434496

  • GravyPig Apr 21, 11:59 a.m.

    Yeah, if any of the sanford people want their insulation back. Come to Cary, got plenty. - Mike Troll

    to miketroll3572..... I tell you what, maybe you should keep it to protect your ___ from the next tornado......we would say why dont you come and donate some time and help pick our insulation up, but we wouldn't want people with your attitude...or disrespect - Kasper

    See, I get humor out of that. Sure it's probably a bit too soon to joke about it, but I didn't get a nasy vibe of of Mike's post. Relax, it's the internet.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 21, 11:34 a.m.

    sayit - "I wouldnt consider an F3 a "Small" tornado."

    Me either.

    An F5 is tops; an F3 is more than half way there.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 21, 11:28 a.m.

    I know when the tornadoes hit E OH and PA some years ago, photographs were found some 80 miles north in my dad's yard.

    Some things were never found. A Benjamin Franklin stove dealership in Tidioute, PA had 80 cast iron heating stoves in stock. None of them were ever found.

    Amazing.

  • hollylama Apr 21, 11:27 a.m.

    I found debris in a field off hwy 401 but I'm sure it came from nearby. It was a stuffed animal, contact lens case and blanket.

  • sayitoutloud Apr 21, 10:53 a.m.

    I wouldnt consider an F3 a "Small" tornado. They found mail from Mockingbird Ln in Sanford on Poplar Springs church road. Those roads arent just "miles" apart either.

  • Hater like Darth Vader Apr 21, 10:45 a.m.

    "to miketroll3572..... I tell you what, maybe you should keep it to protect your ___ from the next tornado......we would say why dont you come and donate some time and help pick our insulation up, but we wouldn't want people with your attitude...or disrespect"

    @Kasper: did you not notice that his user name is Mike Troll?

  • Hater like Darth Vader Apr 21, 10:43 a.m.

    I agree with you WritNEWlaws. items can be carried "miles" away. 25-30 miles in a small tornado though? I highly doubt it. Not something as heavy as a book with no fixed shape that would allow it to be carried.

  • IAMAmerican Apr 21, 10:33 a.m.

    Lightweight items have been carried as far as 100 miles or more! You may look it up all you skeptics

  • sayitoutloud Apr 21, 10:32 a.m.

    yes lilylogansmom, its Justin's mom whos year book was found.

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