Demolition man tries to find owner of keepsakes found in building ravaged by tornado

A demolition man is searching for the owner of several keepsakes that were left behind among the devastating damage from a tornado.


As Marshalltown, Iowa, recovers from the damage left behind five months after a tornado tore through the city, one team is searching for the owners of keepsakes found in a building affected by the storm.

"It was pretty much annihilated," said Fred Russell, with Kansas City-based TNT Demolition. "Lot of water damage on the inside."

The building at 201 Main St. was once a home for senior citizens.

"Obviously, in order to rebuild something, you have to destroy it. So, that's what we're doing," Russell said.

Bricks and debris, along with misplaced memories, fill the walkways.

Russell said he's found portraits, pictures, Army certificates and a will. Now, he wants to find the owners.

"If you find it in your heart to do something positive, do something positive," Russell said.

He didn't see this part of the job coming, but the keepsakes keep him going.

"It's not really something that we do, but my heart wouldn't let me not do it. So, I kept it," Russell said.

He won't rest until these items are back in the hands of those who lost them.

"If it were me, I would want the same thing. I would want somebody to do it for me," Russell said.

Anyone who recognizes the items is encouraged to contact Russell at 214-444-0341.