Anyone lose a fuzzy zebra bike? (A journey through TriMet Lost & Found)

An umbrella. A weed wacker. A cell phone. Some dentures. A paint gun. And one furry, spotted bicycle.

What do these things have in common? They’ve all been turned into our Lost & Found department recently. Lost & Found, located at our Center Street office in SE Portland, is staffed by station agents like Kathy Guirado, who told us that some of the items left behind on buses and trains are anything but “common.”

From wine and whiskey to dog food and cat litter pans, our Lost & Found department receives a steady flow of weird, lost items. A few years ago, someone even left a human skeleton on board! (That’s the weirdest one we’ve seen.)

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In 2012, our Lost & Found department processed more than 26,000 lost items. For years, umbrellas were the most frequently lost item… These days, it’s cell phones.

Visit our website for more information on what to do if you find or lose something on TriMet. We’ll do our best to get your item back to you as quickly as possible. (Note that unclaimed items turned into Lost & Found are given to charity after 14 days.) Once, we returned a plane ticket to the airport so a rider wouldn’t miss her flight!