Man reunited with camcorder that was turned over to police almost 15 years ago

     Ptlw. Sarah Collins and Ray McCarthy at Surf City Police Department headquarters today. (Photo courtesy of the Surf City Police Department)

    Ptlw. Sarah Collins and Ray McCarthy at Surf City Police Department headquarters today. (Photo courtesy of the Surf City Police Department)

    A camcorder that was sitting inside a police lost and found room for almost 15 years is back with its owner. 

    Discovered by a Good Samaritan on Surf City’s S. 1st Street beach in August 2000, the Surf City Police Department took to social media last month in the hopes of finding the owner. 

    “We would love to get this back to the owner so they can have these memories to cherish,” a police department spokesperson wrote as the caption on video frames posted on Facebook, adding that the tape contained footage of beach scenes and a retirement party. 

    The nationwide search ended today when the camcorder’s owner, Ray McCarthy, arrived at police headquarters to retrieve his long lost equipment. 

    “We are so very glad that Mr. McCarthy, his children, and his grandchildren are able to have these memories back!” a posting on the department’s Facebook page said. 

    Police thanked Hogpenny Studios, a Ship Bottom company that transfers home movies to digital format, for producing a DVD for McCarthy. 

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