When a man uploaded a photo from a GoPro his son found at the beach, he never could've guessed this outcome

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Man Tracks Down Family On Social Media To Return Lost GoPro

When Mitchell Wren's son Will found a GoPro camera at a Florida beach off the Gulf of Mexico, his first instinct was to try and find the owner.

Since the camera was devoid of any sort of markings, he did the next best thing: He uploaded the last photo taken on the camera to Facebook, and left fate in the hands of the Internet.

"My son and I found a camera that washed up on the beach in the Indian Rocks Beach FL," he captioned the photo. "It looks like from the photos they are from Iowa. This photos looks like it was taken at a Basketball game at Iowa State."

The owners have been found. My son and I found a camera that washed up on the beach in the Indian Rocks Beach FL. It...

Posted by Mitchell D. Wren on Friday, March 25, 2016

Also vacationing in the Gulf of Mexico at that time was the Farrell family.

"It was the first day. The girls were out in the water. I think they'd been out there maybe ten minutes," said Lisa Farrell.

Her daughter, Molly, had taken the family's new GoPro camera out into some rough water.

"I just hit a big wave, and I didn't have the strap on and so I just kind of dropped it. The first thought that went through my head was, 'I'm going to be in so much trouble,'" the high school senior told WHO.

She and her friends looked for the camera, but it was gone.

Unbeknownst to Wren at the time, the photo he posted to his Facebook was actually of Lisa and her husband at an Iowa State basketball game -- it was the same GoPro Molly had dropped into the Gulf.

After five days and over 800 "likes" and "shares," someone actually made the connection.

A friend of Lisa's texted her after seeing Wren's photo and recognizing her and her husband.

"No way that happened. What are the odds of that happening," said Molly Farrell.

To make things even better? It turns out that the family that found their camera lives in Moline, Illinois, right on Iowa's border.

Right now, the GoPro is reportedly en route to Iowa, thanks to the kindness of strangers who went the extra mile.

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