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Lost something at Block Party? Check Unseen

App Unseen helps students who are prone to losing valuables Uptown.


The app “Unseen” found a new purpose Sunday morning for Ohio University students looking to recover lost items from Saturday’s block party. 

Pictures of dorm keys, wallets and Ohio IDs flooded the app’s feed, captioned with where they were found. The mobile app allows users to anonymously post pictures to the local feed and comment anonymously, as well. 

Many students have responded to the pictures and left contact information in the comments as a way to retrieve their belongings. 

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One post said an iPhone 4 was tracked to the intersection of Mill and Elliott streets as the commenters attempted to sort out the person’s location. A picture of someone’s wallet was also posted with the caption, “found a wallet by wings over.”

Alexis Artino, a sophomore in the University College, lost her Ohio ID on Saturday night only to see it on Unseen the next morning. 

“[The ID] snapped off my lanyard somewhere, and I had no idea where it was until I actually saw it on ‘Unseen’ the next morning,” Artino said. “I was happy somebody found it because I was just about to go to Baker to get a new one.” 

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Artino said she never met the student before, and the meeting was appreciated but “weird.”  

Regardless, Artino agreed the app was convenient for her and her missing ID. 

The ID and the wallet found their owners, but the pictures have not been as successful with phones.

One anonymous comment pointed out why this might be the case: “Didn’t think about the fact that they can’t see this because I have their phone.”

Keys have also been hard to identify as there aren’t too many distinguishing features. The app isn’t a definite and direct solution for students trying to retrieve their keys, and ultimately escape the $80 key replacement fee, but it is a new resource for students.


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