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Kamloops woman searching for family after unearthing old home movies

'Bunny' and her son Enapay, who would now be about 12 years old.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Kirsty Newbury
January 22, 2020 - 8:00 AM

A Kamloops couple is trying to find a mother-son duo who left behind home movies and family photos left behind in the garage of a Kamloops home.

Kirsty Newbury and her boyfriend moved into their home on Greenfield Avenue in the North Shore of Kamloops last September and got around to cleaning out their garage over the weekend. One box stood out to them, because it wasn’t theirs, and it was filled with lots of odd stuff like children’s costumes, copies of movies, and Bob Marley CDs.

“He found a big box that the previous tenants had left and I guess over the years people have just been adding to this box of junk when they’re moving out, and there’s a whole bag of CDs and DVDs,” Newbury says. “They didn’t have any cases on them or anything, it was just loose CDs. A whole bunch of them had ‘Bunny’ written on them and I thought, ‘Oh no, is this going to be something really weird?’”

The bag of memories contained videos of a family vacation to Mexico, Christmas celebrations, singing clips and photo documentation of a baby’s first year of life.

“One of them said ‘Christmas 2008,’ another one was ‘Christmas 2010,’” Newbury says. “One album was solely dedicated to her kid Enapay, that was his name. It was from zero to 12 months, that's what it said on the CD. It was like 100 pictures of her baby, he’s super cute.”

Bunny is the mother in the clips, and date tags from footage show that she had her son Enapay in 2008. Although there is a father figure in the videos, Newbury couldn’t figure out his name. Now, Newbury is reaching out to the community to try and solve the mystery.

“If Bunny was her real name or just a nickname, I don’t know. I noticed that most of the pictures and stuff were taken in a different house, and I couldn’t find any pictures of our house that we live in.”

The house was rented out for a few years by the previous owner, but Newbury’s neighbours say they don’t know of a Bunny who lived there during that time. Newbury isn’t in contact with the person who sold her the house but doesn’t believe he would know the family. She took to a local Facebook page in an effort to find the family, and although commentators have chimed in with suggestions, she hasn’t found Bunny and Enapay.

“I don’t think this couple lived in Kamloops that long ago, but I don’t think she grew up here. There was one video and it kind of looked like Vancouver, it was part of the new year’s celebration, they videoed them in a big crowd and everyone was cheering, and it looked like winter.”

Newbury says Bunny had brown hair and brown eyes, with her hair dyed blonde in some of the files. She believes Bunny is about 5”2’ or 5”3’, and Newbury believes her birthday is on Christmas Day.

“There was one part of the Christmas video where they were setting up the tree on Christmas Eve and the mom was putting milk out for Santa, but she had forgotten the cookies,” Newbury says. “The husband was making fun of her for forgetting the cookies. The mom was like, ‘When Enapay watches this and he’s 20 years old, he’s going to laugh’... I was like, ‘Aw, that's really sad because I have that video.’”

“It was really weird stumbling onto somebody’s life like that,” Newbury says. “It would be nice to give it back.”

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