Malia Demers of Bar Harbor is one of the Demers family captured on images from a camera that was lost in Alaska in the fall and is now on the way back to its rightful owner in Bar Harbor. CRAIGSLIST

Camera lost in Alaska returns to Maine

BAR HARBOR — A camera lost on a hiking trail in Alaska last fall is on its way back to a Bar Harbor resident after surfacing on the Internet Friday morning.

Lilly Demers said she was stunned to see images from the long-lost camera pop up online.

“It’s really amazing. It was in October that I lost it too, so it is wild that this is happening right now,” Demers said. “It just flew across Facebook this morning, I guess. Fifteen minutes after it got posted, [my sister] Malia saw it and came running outside to tell me. It was like rapid fire, which is amazing.”

The camera was posted in the lost and found section of Maine Craigslist four days ago by someone in Alaska who found it in the town of Eklutna. The person had gone through the photos and found a Maine license plate among the images, leading them to believe the camera might belong to someone in Maine. They also found recurring people in the images, who happen to be Lilly’s mom, Rose, her dad, Steve, and her sister, Malia.

Then, on Friday, a resident of the town of Kingfield spotted the listing and shared it on Facebook. An hour later, Chelsey Dunham, who lives in Bar Harbor, saw the post, recognized Lilly from around town and shared the image of the Craigslist posting.

“It really was amazing,” Dunham said. “It was almost exactly an hour from my Facebook friend Wade Brown’s post until I was exchanging happy messages with Lilly.”

Demers said she was on a 10-day trip to Alaska in October when her Cannon camera was lost. She and a friend had been hiking in Eklutna before driving five hours to the coast and staying the night. The next morning, she realized with a gasp that her camera was gone, and figured that she would likely never see it again.

She said that “It was kind of funny, because it felt like a message from the universe, almost,” when the camera disappeared, because she had been struggling whether to spend her time taking pictures and “just being present in Alaska.”

She was content to just be in Alaska the rest of the trip, she said, and almost didn’t mind that the camera had disappeared.

It felt like another message from the universe when the camera all-of-a-sudden turned up Friday, she said. Demers has been planning a move to Western Massachusetts to study herbalism, and Friday is the day she was to leave.

“It’s kind of neat. It feels like a good time for it to turn up now,” she said.

Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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