Home video mystery solved after WTOC story airs

By Brian Entin - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Rachael Collin's phone didn't stop ringing during WTOC's evening newscasts on Tuesday.

"I was getting tons of phone calls! You're on the news! You and Kyley are on the news," Collins said.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police asked for the public's help in indentifying home video they uncovered on a stolen video camera. Police were trying to find the family. Within of the video clips being broadcast on TV, calls came pouring in.

"I was excited. I cried. This overwhelming emotion that you lost all of that and to get it back after all this time is such a blessing," Collins said.

Collins said she and her daughter Kylie left the house for half an hour in December. When they got back, she says everything valuable was gone including her most precious possession: the family videos still on the stolen camera.

Now that she will be getting the video back, Collins said her daughter can finally see all the special moments. "I don't have to tell her we don't have it. I can show her what her first birthday was like. I can show her what her first Christmas was like. It's good to know we have it back," Collins said.

Det. Nicholas Melke has been holding onto the camera since December when he found it while executing a search warrant. For nine months, it has been his mission to find the family.

"I think about my nieces and nephews. If that was my mom or dad or sister or brother-in-law, they would want it back," Melke said.

Collins said her family will forever be grateful to the detective. "It's good to know there are people out there who care enough to try and find us," Collins said.

Collins and police plan to meet on Wednesday.

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