Viral photo found at Ground Zero traced back to woman in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND – A Northeast Ohio woman is reliving America’s darkest day after a photograph found at Ground Zero was traced back to her in Cleveland.

“That day in particular was frightening and horrible,” said Mimi Spiwak Harris. She now works in Cleveland but resided in New York City on 9/11.

A photograph featuring Mimi and a group of people surfaced online after it was found in the rubble of the World Trade Center. She is featured in the picture with a former boyfriend at a wedding with friends in Colorado.

Since 2001, a professor at a school in Massachusetts has been posting the photo on social media in hopes of finding someone featured in the image. It recently went viral.

“Just on Saturday morning, I got a call from one of my best friends in Michigan and she left me this message; it was kinda cryptic and she said, 'Mimi, you gotta call me; there’s this picture and it’s pretty weird.'"

The photo featured Mimi with a former boyfriend, Fred Mahe. He was featured on the FOX News Channel on Monday when the photo was returned to him.

“It was from a great wedding in March, 2001, six months earlier in Aspen with my friends from college and I just thought it was gone and pre-digital so when it’s gone, it’s gone.”

Fred Mahe worked in one of the towers where the photo was hanging when the building was hit by the plane. He wasn’t at work that morning.

“The story isn’t about the picture or me or 9-11, the story is about 9-12. On 9-12 was the best of humanity. On 9-11 we had the worst,” said Mahe.

Mimi said the memories from the day of the wedding make her smile, however she hasn’t talked to many of the people in the picture who all survived.

“You know, it certainly makes me happy and I know that for so many people who are experiencing this story, it’s made them so happy,” she said.

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