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Bills fan loses camera in Hawaii; social media tracks him down

If you ever doubted the power of social media, here's a story to convince you.

Late at night April 29, a Facebook user by the name of Lydia Hoeppner posted a picture of a young couple on vacation. The man was wearing a Buffalo Bills T-shirt.

"Share share," Hoeppner wrote. "Trying to locate one of these people to hopefully returns their camera with their March 2015 Hawaiian vacation pictures on it. Maybe east coasters if the t-shirt is a clue."

And share people did. By May 2, the image had been shared nearly 18,000 times -- and that's only on Facebook. At least two well-known football-related Twitter accounts -- @TheBillsMafia, with 53,000 followers, and @DraftDiamonds, with 76,000 followers -- sent the plea out to their audiences.

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By 7:12 p.m. April 30, Hoeppner thought she had found the owner of the camera, and by the following morning, she was sure.

"I love that they will be getting a camera full of memories back," she wrote Friday morning on her Facebook page. " ... The picture of the cute couple will be shared for years now. I wish I could let them all know what awesome work we did."

We've talked to Hoeppner, who said she is shipping the camera back its owners in North Carolina today. Look for more updates soon.


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