Woman recovers wallet lost 46 years ago in CaliforniaBixby
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Posted 06/05/2021 15:16 | Updated on 05/06/2021 15:19
Sacramento – A Ventura, California woman has rediscovered a wallet she lost 46 years ago after an employee renovating the historic Majestic Ventura Theater in the south of the state discovered a cramped space.
“I would never have guessed,” Tom Stevens said after putting his wallet among old candy wrappers, ticket holders and soda cans.
He told the Ventura County Star that he went on social media to try to locate the owner of the object based on evidence he had in his hand, including old photos, a ticket to a 1973 Grateful Dead concert and a driver’s license in the name of Colin Destin, who won in 1976. There was no Money in her wallet.
“Does anyone know Colin Destin?” Stephens asked on the theater’s Facebook page. “While we were doing maintenance, we found her wallet. There’s a bunch of pictures of people. Someone might like it. So if you go, or if you know Colleen, email us.”
Stevens President Luanne Wallart suggested posting the information on social media. The post reached a thousand shares and many comments and went viral. “I think it’s great that people care and care,” he said.
Coleen Destin, who grew up and still resides in Ventura, says she’s seen several people online talking about the topic and got a call about the post on social media. She replied on May 25, a few hours after it was posted, that the wallet is hers.
The following Friday, the woman went to get her red wallet, which is now brown with age, and said it was like opening a “time capsule.” She said she lost that thing in 1975, when she was in her early twenties, in what was then a movie theater.
Colin said the piece must have fallen through a hole in the bag she had placed on the stage floor. At the time, the wallet contained a check for $200 and family photos. He said, “I remember calling her the next day when I realized she was gone. They said no one had found her and asked to call her back, which I did.”
Moving on, Colleen noted that inside her wallet were poetry and notes, photos of her high school friends, a $5 ticket to the Grateful Dead concert at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and photos of her mother who passed away many years ago. “It’s really cool,” he commented.
At first, she said she was reluctant to speak publicly about this story, but relented because she realized it was a very positive thing. “It says a lot about our society, that people are looking for a human story and something they feel good about,” he said. “People need to see gratitude. I think there are many other negative things that have affected people.”