Dozens respond to call for help locating card owner

2013-12-16T21:15:00Z 2013-12-16T23:25:07Z Dozens respond to call for help locating card ownerSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com
December 16, 2013 9:15 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A birthday card found by a good Samaritan and turned over to police last week will be delivered back to its owner.

The card inscribed to Logan contained $40 and a handwritten note reading "Love, Uncle Bryan."

Police said James Greiner, of Crown Point, brought the card to the station Dec. 12 after finding it unsealed on a city street.

Greiner, 69, said he found it on a snowy day across his driveway. He and his wife canvassed the neighborhood asking if anyone lost the card but couldn't find the owner. They decided to turn over the card to police. 

"It was quite a bit of money for a youngster," Greiner said. 

He said some people have called him a good Samaritan but he thinks anyone would have done the same thing. 

"The good Samaritan was the man that was killed Saturday," he said, referring to William Riley Knight. "What I did, anyone would have done."

Knight, 49, was helping Linda Darlington, 42, when both were struck and killed by three different cars in Crown Point.

Police located Logan's uncle Bryan Dixon after seeking the public's help on Facebook and through local media.

Several dozen people called the station to offer help, Police Chief Pete Land said.

By piecing Logan's name together with other information about the card, friends and family helped police track down Uncle Bryan, Land said.

Police planned to return the card and cash to Dixon late Monday afternoon.

Dixon told police he accidentally dropped the card intended for his nephew and ended up buying a new card for Logan's birthday.

Dixon said Monday night that he would like to thank the person who turned in the card to police. He said he plans to use the recovered card for his nephew's birthday next year. 

"I'm already one step ahead," he said. 

Land said the incident ended well for everyone involved. 

"The response we received from the public was phenomenal, from people supplying possible family names to others just offering to help us in locating everyone involved," Land said.

Times staff writer Elvia Malagon contributed to this report.

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