Boise family to be reunited with long-lost dog tags

LEWISTON, Idaho – The man who found dog tags in a beer stein he purchased from a Lewiston thrift store said the grandson of the dog tags owner has contacted him.

Christopher Wilks posted on Facebook after he found the dog tags in a beer stein.  Wilks said when he took the 1992 Winter Olympics stein home and started checking it out more, he found an envelope that had ‘Dad’s military dog tags’ written on it.  The tags belonged to Wilmer G. Priest.

Now, Wilks said Priest's grandson, who lives in Boise, reached out to him. 

Priest's daughter, who also lives in Boise, reached out to KTVB, saying in an email that she saw a Facebook post about the dog tags, and that her family had made contact with Wilks. 

"I was so surprised to see my own handwritten script in a picture with the article on Facebook," Sandra Priest Haines said in the email.

When Wilks first found the tags, he and his dad tried tracking down the family of the veteran but had no luck. His dad posted it to a World War II buffs Facebook page and that only came up with dead ends. Wilks shared the pictures on his own Facebook page, hoping that somehow, someway, the family might see it.

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