by Lisa Tome
Mariana Duhadaway could use a little extra right now.
But she never once considered taking it from someone else.
On Wednesday, January 27, Duhadaway, 26, who lives on Mitchell Street in Elkton, walked through the snow to the Help Center on High Street to get some food. Duhadaway had some back surgery and hasn't been working so the free food she gets at the Help Center keeps food on her table. While trudging in the snow in the area of the Help Center, she found a purse. She asked people if they knew to whom the bag belonged. No one did, and after someone suggested she turn it in to police, Duhadaway went several blocks out of her way to the police station.
"I just wanted to do a good deed. If it was your purse and you lost it, you would want it back," she said.
An Elkton police clerk asked Duhadaway to wait a few moments for an officer to come take the report of the found purse.
She stood in the lobby of the police station waiting to turn it in. "I had some surgery so I go to the Help Center to get food when things are bad. I don't carry purses but I'm glad I'm the one who found it. People steal money and someone's identification," said Duhadaway. "I got pick pocketed once when I went to Philly. This world is crazy. I bet the person who lost this purse will be glad I found it."
Cpl. Todd Finch took the report from Duhadaway. She gave her name and address, where she found the purse, and other information.
"We are always taking reports for lost (found) property. Most of the time we get it back to the owners. It's always good to have people turn things in. There's still honest and good people out there," said Cpl. Finch.
Elkton police department spokesman Joseph V. Zurolo stated that the purse was returned to the owner. The bag contained nothing of value and no reward was offered.