Mysterious Photo at City Clerk’s Office

Photo by Charity B. Smith Assistant Deputy. Elections Clerk Matthew Para works at the counter of the Allen Park City Clerk's office, where the mystery photo is displayed should the owner happen by.

Photo by Charity B. Smith
Assistant Deputy. Elections Clerk Matthew Para works at the counter of the Allen Park City Clerk’s office, where the mystery photo is displayed should the owner happen by.

By CHARITY B. SMITH
Sunday Times Newspapers

ALLEN PARK — A mysterious photograph arrived at the Allen Park city clerk’s office shortly after the 2013 street fair. People ever since have been wondering who’s in the photo or why it was sent.

“We have no idea who the photograph is of or why it was sent to us,” said Matthew Para, assistant deputy elections clerk.

The photo was addressed to the old City Hall. It had no return address, only a woman’s name.

“We had saved the envelope for quite some time,” City Clerk Michael Mizzi said, “but unfortunately it was either thrown out or lost in the move. We tried. We tried everything to find her.”

No one can recall the woman’s name, but they do remember that they tried to look her up, and she is not a registered voter and nobody with that name could be found in Allen Park. He theorizes that the photo was ordered at the street fair and sent to City Hall by mistake.

“We got Courtney Nicholls, of the street fair committee to look into it, but no vendors were found that did this type of work,” Mizzi said.

The photograph is in black and white and printed on a solid block of wood. It is about 6 inches by 10 inches and shows two young boys leaning against a wooden fence. The photo is still kept on display at the clerk’s office.

“We keep it displayed so that if the owner ever comes by they can see and claim it,” Mizzi said.

(Charity B. Smith can be reached at charitybsmith@yahoo.com.)

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