By Jeremy Ross

(CBS) — A kind of treasure chest of memories was lost about half a decade ago – that is, until a Fox River Grove man unlocked its secrets.

In May, photographer Josh Zuelke was visiting Florida when he found a camera.

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“It was all rusty and had barnacles on it,” he tells CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross.

He took home what remained of a waterproof camera and then carefully cut out the memory card.

To his surprise, he says, he found “a whole variety of these family photos.”

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He began looking for the strangers in the nearly 200 photos he rescued from a watery digital grave.

He shared his find on Facebook, and the number of “shares” kept growing.

After only 11 days, the owner of the calcified camera came forward: Kristen Cirillo of West Palm Beach, Fla.

She says she lost the $200 camera about five years ago on vacation, but the images inside were far more valuable.

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Zuelke says if he’s ever back in Florida, Cirillo wants to meet up to thank him and buy him and his girlfriend lunch.