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Mom's missing smartphone had pix of infant

It’s not difficult or unusual to lose track of a smartphone, particularly for a multi-tasking mom, who was minding her two young children and filling out paperwork at Crow Wing County Community Services.

Whitney Thomsen of Pequot Lakes was on the second floor of the Community Services Building Wednesday waiting to fill out forms with two of her three children, ages 18 months and 6 weeks. That’s when she last used the smartphone her stepfather had given her as gift.

“My 18-month-old was getting fussy,” Thomsen said. “I had my phone out. She was running to the stairs...starting to throw a tantrum.”

Her third child, a 6-year-old, was in school when the family was running errands.

Somehow Thomsen’s smartphone was either misplaced or taken by someone but it’s not the loss of the phone alone that has Thomsen distraught. It’s the loss of pictures of her 6-week-old daughter’s birth that were on the phone that is the most upsetting aspect of the missing phone.

“I’ve been taking pictures of her for the last six weeks,” Thomsen said. “The phone can be replaced. Those photos can’t.”

If the phone isn’t found and returned to her, she said “the first six weeks of her life will only be in my memory.”

Thomsen has contacted Brainerd Police and Community Services about the phone. If the Blue Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone with a multi-colored, stained-glass-type cover is found it may be returned at either of those locations or by calling her at 218-232-5795.

MIKE O’ROURKE, associate editor, may be reached at 855-5860 or He may be followed at

Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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