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Owner of forgotten box reunited with memories

It’s been a year, but the search for the forgotten box’s owner has come to an end, right here, in East Texas. It’s been a year, but the search for the forgotten box’s owner has come to an end, right here, in East Texas.

LINDALE, TX (KLTV) - Today a lost box of photos and trinkets is back with its rightful owner. We told you about a box last night that was found by a Dallas Apartment manager after tenants moved out. It belonged to a woman named Lisa and held items of her 8-year-old daughter, Laura Pruiett, who was killed in an accident in 2003. After the story aired we received several tips and were able to find a family member.

"This morning, I guess it was about 9:30, Ms. Fox called me, Lisa's mother, and she said that she didn't see the TV, but her friend did," Debra Wear, the woman who originally found the box, said.

It's been a year, but the search for the forgotten box's owner has come to an end, right here, in East Texas.

"When I left Dallas and I left the apartment complex I carried this box with me," Wear said as she led Pat Fox to the box.

Pat Fox is Lisa's mother, she lives in Tyler and will be delivering the box to her daughter who lives in Dallas.

"So she says that she hasn't told her yet, but she's going to surprise her," Wear said.

Pat didn't want to speak on camera today since the contents of that box is difficult to talk about, she says, but she's grateful.

"Most of the time when people move, whatever is left is thrown away, so I'm sure it was something they thought they would never see again, but she was real, real happy," she said about speaking with Pat on the phone Wednesday morning.

When Debra Wear found the box she kept it even through her move to East Texas vowing to hold on to it forever or until she found its owner.

"She was really excited, too, and real glad that I saved it," she said.

It held photos, dolls, even a lock of the little girl's hair.

"It was something that meant a lot to Lisa and to her mother," she said, and over the last year it has come to mean a lot to Debra, too.

"It always reminded me of how precious everything is," she said, "It's kind of bittersweet. I'm just glad it's going to be back with her mother."

She's been waiting for 12 months and hopes she'll hear from Lisa soon.

"I've got Ms. Fox's number and she's got mine," she said.

Because of a forgotten box she knows they'll stay in touch for years to come.

Pat Fox tells Debra Wear that they had noticed the box was missing, but did assume it was long gone.

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