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'A long way to fly'

Glen Ellyn resident finds Washington, Ill. photo in yard

Published: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 12:07 p.m. CDT

GLEN ELLYN – When Glen Ellyn resident Joan Youhn went into her front yard the morning of Nov. 18, she found something surprising in her bird bath.

There in the bath was a photo of a boy who looked to be about 2 years old and was wearing a Spiderman costume.

"He's just the darlingest little boy," said Youhn, who lives at the east end of Glen Ellyn along Whittier Avenue.

Youhn suspected the photo had been carried to her yard by the previous day's storms, so with her curiosity piqued, she decided to look up the number that was listed on the back of the photo that indicated the Walgreens where the photo had been developed.

Its address was in Washington, Ill.

Other items from Washington were reportedly found in Chicago area towns such as Bolingbrook, Brookfield and Stickney.

Despite her own discovery, Youhn said she didn't hear from any neighbors who had found similar items in their yards.

The distance from Washington to Glen Ellyn is more than 100 miles.

Those who found belongings from the storms were encouraged on Facebook to send them to the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce, which Youhn did a few days later.

"It's a long way to fly," she said.

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