A woman visiting Paris on Monday happened to capture a sweet father-daughter moment in front of Notre Dame Cathedral — just an hour before it caught fire.

In the image, the dad and his little girl were laughing and playing in front of the iconic French cathedral.

Brooke Windsor didn’t know the family but felt compelled to find them and give them the photo because it was captured just before a historic disaster, Dearly reported.

She posted the image on Twitter and asked the internet to help find the father.


Winsor explained:

I took this photo as we were leaving #NotreDame about an hour before it caught on fire. I almost went up to the dad and asked if he wanted it. Now I wish I had. Twitter if you have any magic, help him find this.

The woman’s tweet triggered a viral search for the father that lasted days. Now, she’s confirmed that the hunt has come to an end.

Windsor said the father saw her tweet with the internet’s help, People reports.

On Thursday, she tweeted:

The search is over! The photo has reached the dad & family.


She added:

He has chosen to remain anonymous in the wake of tragedy, and writes: “Thanks again for that beautiful photo, we will find a special place for it.” Thank you to everyone who has shared the picture and for your kind words.

Winsor confirmed that the father reached out to her on Twitter, adding, “I knew y’all could do it.” Many Twitter users were thrilled that the “beautiful story” worked out for the better.

The father seen in the photo has not spoken out publicly, but thanks to the internet, he’ll get to keep a wonderful memory forever.

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