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Woman searches for owner of American flag found in road along State Route 9

The American flag Ashley Alvord discovered in the road along State Route 9 at 164th Street Southeast in Snohomish County on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. (KOMO Photo)

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. -- An Arlington woman dodged rush-hour traffic on State Route 9 to pick up an American flag she found folded up in the middle of the road. Now she’s on a mission to find its owner.

Ashley Alvord was driving home from work when she made the discovery at the intersection of State Route 9 and 164th Street Southeast at approximately 5 P.M. on Wednesday, August 2.

"As I drove through the intersection, I glanced down and I saw what appeared to be a folded American flag," Alvord said.

There the flag sat.

Its stars and stripes folded up in a triangle out in the middle of the road right next to a crosswalk.

Alvord quickly made a U-turn, pulled over, and dodged traffic to pick it up.

"I can only imagine the hundreds of cars who passed by it or ran it over and not one single person stopped to pick it up. I just couldn’t believe it," she said.

The flag may be small.

But because of how it's folded, Alvord believes it may hold special meaning to its owner.

Now she’s on a mission to figure out who that person is.

"To me, it wasn’t something that just flew off the back of someone’s car who may have been flying an American flag. The way it is folded tells me that this flag probably means something to somebody," Alvord said. "It just tells me that it is maybe from a veteran, someone in the service of military, police, fire, something like that."

Alvord has already posted information about her discovery on social media. Within the past week, she's also reached out to local funeral homes, cemeteries, and the American Legion.

"Still nothing. Not a word from anyone," she said.

Alvord won’t rest until the flag is back where it belongs.

For her, it’s just the right thing to do.

"I just really want to get it back to the owner," Alvord said. "As much as it means to me, it probably means that much more to that person. And I couldn’t imagine just losing that in the middle of the road and it being destroyed."

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