Courtesy of Ellsworth Police Department

Man hopes to solve Mother’s Day mystery

Courtesy of Ellsworth Police Department
Vivek Philip found this drawing in the parking lot of the Ellsworth Hannaford Monday night, and hopes to reunite the colorful image with its creator before Mother’s Day this Sunday.

ELLSWORTH — Someone worked hard to create a colorful Mother’s Day greeting for his or her mom, only to lose it in the parking lot at Hannaford.

Vivek Philip wants to know who that person was. He found the young artist’s artwork upside down in the grocery store parking lot Monday night, and thought it was just a piece of trash at first.

“I picked it up to throw it away,” said Philip, an Ellsworth resident.

When he flipped the letter-sized sheet of paper over, he instead saw the holiday-themed artwork: a container filled with purple, red, yellow and blue flowers, with the message “Happy Mother’s Day” on it.

Part of the paper was bent, and it appeared to have been run over by at least one tire. Philip decided he wanted to try and connect the drawing with the child that presumably created it.

He sent a photo of the drawing to the Ellsworth Police Department, which posted it on its Facebook page. By Tuesday afternoon, more than 80 people had “liked” the image and more than 70 had shared it with their friends.

Philip, a father of two boys, said he hopes he can find the creator of the image before Mother’s Day, but will be glad to return the drawing to its rightful owner after May 12, too.

Philip said he was impressed that the child “took a lot of effort coloring within the lines.”

Anyone with information about who may have created the colorful drawing should contact the Ellsworth Police Department at 667-2133. Police will work with Philip to get the drawing back to its rightful owner.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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