Woman returns lost cellphone to Bright family

The Bright Family: (Front, from left) Hannah, Ava, and Emma. (Back, from left) Leslie and Jason. Hannah lost her life after a long struggle of sickness and disabilty from birth. West Marion Elementary students stepped up to remember their classmate.

There is a happy ending to a story first reported by The McDowell News about a family who lost a phone filled with photos and memories of their deceased daughter.

Jason and Leslie Bright reported to Marion police on Friday, Dec. 15 that Jason’s phone had been taken from Murphy’s gas station. The phone contained pictures and videos of their daughter, Hannah, who died in November at the age of 11. Marion police released surveillance photos of possible suspects on Tuesday.

On Thursday, the Brights were happy to report the phone had been returned.

“There was a girl that messaged us early this morning on Facebook and said her boyfriend found it. She said he’s now her ex-boyfriend and right before she left, she took it with her and saw the story on WLOS,” said Leslie.

No charges will be filed in the case, she said. The SIM card was removed, but the carrier was able to replace it and access everything else that was special to them on the phone.

“We were really excited. We are very thankful to have all of our pictures and videos,” said Leslie.

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