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Store Owner's Mysterious Find With 9/11 Connections


Earlier this summer, Hastings Police Chief Jerry Sarver got a package.

Chief Sarver: "It was a little bizarre."

Its contents covered in a thick dust.

Sarver: "Really abrasive kind of thing to breathe in, made you cough rather quickly."

The pieces with one haunting similarity.

Sarver: "I noticed that virtually all of the id's and business cards were addressed one world trade center."

The box came from a local smokeshop in downtown Hastings where the new owner says he uncovered it in a back room.

Larry Weatherwax, Owner at Smokey Mountain Tobacco: "I was digging through some boxes, sorting thru stuff, throwing out stuff that looked like junk and I ran across this bag. It wasn't until I pulled out one of the badges, I read it and it said new York trade center on it and then almost immediately it clicked to me."

Chief Sarver says he's checked the names on the id's and business cards against the lists of those who died and those who lived.

3 are survivors, 7 aren't listed.

Weatherwax: "Gives you kind of an eerie feeling when you look at something like that. I don't think you can not get emotional to a certain extent, you feel connected to what happened there in a different way."

Sarver says it's likely someone stole the ids and the money from ground zero with hopes of turning a profit.

Sarver: "We weren't able to prove that they came off the internet but it kinda certainly looks that way. There are a lot of unscrupulous people around that will make a buck however they can."

Weatherwax: "It kinda blew my mind that clear up in Michigan-- why are they here? Wherever it came from, however it got there- is still a mystery."

As is the fate of those 7 people, who are still unlisted.

The Hastings Police Chief says he will likely return the id badges to the respective companies; as for the money he says it will probably end up in a museum.

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