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Police turn to social media to find family after vet's grave marker found in tornado debris

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(Source: Perrysburg Township Police) (Source: Perrysburg Township Police)
PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A grave marker which went unclaimed for months may finally be handed over to a family member thanks to social media and the Internet.

Perrysburg Township Police received the marker after a tornado hit the area in November.

Police say someone was cleaning up debris on their property after the tornado, found the grave maker, and brought it to the police station.

The marker, bearing the name John Paulocsak, shows that Paulocsak served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. The

The department says they tried to researched, but to no had no luck finding family. Even the Coast Guard couldn't give them information on the man.

"Unfortunately he died several years ago, so it's a lot of paperwork for them to find it, and they were having a hard time locating any information for us," said Perrysburg Township Patrolman David Smith.

So they reached out on social media, and that's when the tips started coming in.

"Our administrative assistant, I asked her to put it on our website, on the township's website, and she also put it on her Facebook, and shortly after that we started getting information from people," said Smith.

Smith says police were very careful making sure the right person got the marker. Officers feared the valuable metal in the marker might attract scrappers.

"We do have thefts of ornaments from gravesites, and that tragedy, we do not want that to happen, so we will definitely make sure that whoever comes to pick that up is a surviving relative," said Smith.

Police say they do have one solid lead on the maker and have received documentation that the person is a blood relative of the man whose name is on the marker.

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