Crews look to return 23,000 personal items travelers left at Fort Lauderdale airport after shooting

Process of sorting through items has started

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BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Crews at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport worked Sunday to return abandoned items that were left in the airport's terminals during a the mass shooting that took place Friday.

In total, more than 23,000 items were found throughout the airport after the shooting,  Broward County officials said in a media release. Therefore, the process to return the items may take some time.

A company has started going through the items and have returned some of them to their owners. 

Items tagged with an airline tag will be taken to the airline the traveler was taking. The airlines have been directed to call travelers.

Items with a personal identification tag will be handed over to the airport and an airport official will contact the owner. 

"A website is being created for items that do not have an apparent owner," a media release said. "Items will be posted online so owners can identify their belongings and provide contact information necessary for reclaiming. The website address will be announced as soon as it is available." 

The county is asking passengers to be patient since throughout this process.

The Broward County website, or the airport website can be checked for updates. And for other incident-related questions, call the Broward County Call Center at 866-435-9355.