While fishing at Lake Hartwell, an 11-year-old boy from Anderson, South Carolina, caught more than he bargained for.
Brodie Brocks reeled in a waterlogged purse, and that’s when things got interesting. Believe it or not, Brodie’s relative realized that the bag belongs to a woman he knows.
Moreover, the incidental finding turned out to had been lurking in the lake for 25 years. Keep reading because what was inside of the purse will surprise you the most.
At first, the boy was disappointed. He thought he’d nabbed a huge fish.
Of course, a preteen couldn’t have known that he had just reeled in a treasure. He expected to catch an impressive fish, and a muddy purse was a far cry from all his expectations.
Brodie was fishing with his relative, Ben Myers. Ben told him to hold onto the purse because he wanted to take a closer look.
Brodie told ABC News:
“I felt like it was a big fish because it was bobbing my rod up and down, and I’d just gotten an Ugly Stik, so I was scared I was going to break my rod. I was scared the line was going to snap.”
The boy’s relatives recognized the name in the pocketbook.
What are the odds that someone will find a purse that was lost a quarter a century ago? Surprisingly, everything inside the purse was intact. It was zipped, and the water couldn’t damage the owner’s belongings.
Wow, it must be an extraordinary quality of that purse. Ben recognized the lady who was on some of the photos he had found inside the bag. It was his family friend, April Bolt.
During an interview with WYFF News 4, Ben shared that he remembers saying:
“‘I know exactly who this is!'”
He hadn’t seen April in ten years, but he knew it wouldn’t be difficult to track her down.
Mrs. Bolt was happy to have her baby son’s photos back finally.
Aside from two lipsticks, a comb, some credit cards, and other things, April was so happy to see her photos. As faith would have it, she had just had some professional pictures of her baby boy done, and they were inside the wallet.
She was 24 when she lost the purse, and her son was a couple of months old.
Those photos were precious to April. Although partially damaged, the photographs were still good enough to see the baby on them.
The purse disappeared off of a family boat in 1992.
April had been enjoying the lake with her family when the purse disappeared. She assumed that someone had probably stolen it.
According to the mom, she cried for days because “a woman fits her whole life in a purse.” We have to agree on that one. Nevertheless, everything was back now, and April’s belongings were still in good shape.
She even found some credit cards for stores that no longer exist in Anderson. Today, April’s son is an adult, and he was taken aback by his baby photos. Doesn’t it sound like a complete miracle?
April’s daughter laughed at the hair teasing comb.
As April later revealed, her daughter is a hairdresser. Seeing an old hair teasing comb must have been a significant trigger to travel back in time. She said that when her daughter saw the comb, she was like: “You’ve got to be kidding me.”
A needle-in-a-haystack discovery.
The mom told ABC News:
“Everyone keeps telling me, ‘There’s got to be a meaning to why you’re finding this so many years later. I’m sure God will reveal that in time. It’s just so precious to have it back.”
We’re glad April recovered all those priceless memories – even if it took 25 years.
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