When her daughter lifted and turned over her mysterious purchase to inspect it, something inside it moved. “There’s something inside,” her daughter whispered. She was not entirely convinced, but then something remarkable happened. This is not your average story…
Something Else Entirely
She shone the flashlight on the heart-shaped object to examine it further and she was able to make out a couple of round shapes in the glass. However, upon seeing the substance in the cavity, she knew the object she was holding was not a Christmas ornament at all – it was something else entirely.
Loved A Good Bargain
Plymouth resident Priscilla Bailey loved a good bargain. She could not help herself when she passed a charity shop or Goodwill store. She trawled the dusty boxes and shelves for anything which looked interesting or unusual.
However, she never suspected that that day’s frivolous bargain buy would result in this. Blue was Priscilla’s favorite color, and she collected different glass ornaments. When she saw the beautiful blue heart-shaped Christmas ornament, she knew she just had to have it.
The Price Tag
The piece was so unusual-looking and it simply took her breath away. However, what she did not know was that she would eventually discover something inside it which would make her unable to breathe.
The beautiful glass ornament was amongst other Christmas tree decorations that her local Savers displayed on a table. When Priscilla saw its mere $2.00 price tag, she did not hesitate. She happily bought the ornament and took it home, thinking it would be a fine addition to the decorations she had for her Christmas tree or she could even give it as a gift.
She only realized much later what exactly she had done…Priscilla took the item home, feeling excited to look at it closely. After unwrapping it, she started to study the engravings that were around its mounting.
A Lover Of Glass Art
She marveled at the tiny figures that were etched into the metal surrounding the glass – she thought they looked like little angels, or maybe Vikings. She turned the ornament this way and that. She admired how the glass sparkled when it caught the light that was coming in from her kitchen window.
Impressed But Puzzled
All of a sudden, she felt an odd sensation come over her. Even though the blue heart looked like it was hollow inside, it was heavy. Priscilla peered closer and her warm breath began to fog up the glass.
However, if something was indeed inside the trinket, she could not see it. She hung the ornament on a hook in the kitchen and did not really think about it again until her daughter came for a visit. Priscilla’s daughter, Kat, loved glass art and her passion for glass design and blowing was fulfilled when she began her very own business in glass blowing.
Asking For Help
Priscilla excitedly retrieved her new ornament and showed it to Kat, exclaiming, “Look what I found, I got it at Savers.” Naturally, the person who could perhaps give answers to the questions surrounding the glass heart was Kat.
Talking To Reporters
As Kat held the oddly-heavy item in her hand, she was impressed with the craftsmanship of the glass heart. She had not seen anything like it in the past, but she was also puzzled by its weight, just like her mother.
Kat thought it was hollow but not empty since it was too heavy. Something had to be inside… and she really wanted to find out what it was, so she got a flashlight from a drawer in the kitchen and came running back.
A Heartbreaking Thought
Thrilled by Kat’s idea, Priscilla held the ornament up while her daughter shone the flashlight through the bauble from behind. Priscilla shook it a bit, and they saw the contents shift. After a few moments, the women realized there were two areas inside the glass.
A Long Shot
There were two golf ball-sized compartments inside that stored the secrets. They were shocked by what they saw. Priscilla knew she needed to call someone. People had to know about what they had found, so she made a call to the authorities and the Boston Globe.
The Story Of The Glass Heart
Shortly afterward, the journalists arrived and Priscilla took them to her kitchen so that she could explain everything. She was hoping the media would spread her story far and wide and someone would come forward to give more information about their discovery.
Keeping It Safe
“Right now, it’s hanging up there when I do my dishes. I sometimes stare at it,” Priscilla told the journalists. She added, “It’s small. The two spots in it are small, the size of a golf ball.” When she handed it to a reporter to be inspected, everyone was holding their breath.
Going To Social Media
It was becoming really clear that the bauble was not just an ordinary Christmas tree ornament. When she mentioned the powder inside, the journalists were incredulous. Kat took over and recounted how she had found out what secret the heart-shaped ornament was hiding.
Priscilla fetched the flashlight again and shined it through the glass. It was as clear as day that there was powder moving inside. Kat recounted, “I said to her, ‘It looks like its ashes, Mom.’” But, who did they belong to?
Priscilla was definitely taken aback by the thought that the beautiful ornament could actually be an urn and it was unknown whose ashes were inside the bauble. She had been carrying around someone’s remains and shaking them, and worse still, she kept them in her home.
While the actual use of the trinket that she had bought was certainly off-putting, she thought of something else that broke her heart. What happened that led to someone’s ashes ending up in Savers?
Priscilla was brought to tears by the thought of a person’s loved one being unceremoniously sold at a thrift store. The family must have been heartbroken. However Kat knew exactly what had to be done about the sad situation – while it was a long shot, she knew she needed to try.
Kat said to the reporters, “It’s beautiful. It must have a story, so that’s my goal — to find out where and who this belongs to.” She hoped that since the police were notified about it and there was media coverage, someone would come forward after recognizing the urn.
However, in the interim, what would happen to the beautifully crafted urn? Until the urn’s rightful owner is found, Priscilla vows to keep it safe. She believes fate intervened that day in Savers and she was destined to find it.
Since the story had national coverage on the news and it was online, she is confident the owner of the urn will be found. The story reached Facebook – but that is when things started to become strange.
Kat wrote on her Facebook post, “It breaks my heart that this was tossed away and just sitting on a shelf at Savers for $2.” She said that she hopes the person who comes forward is the actual owner and she can learn a bit more about the urn.
Whose ashes are inside, who does the urn belong to, and how did it end up in a thrift store, to begin with? Then, there was an odd reply to her post. The manager of Savers said that their donations are mostly made by locals, so it is highly likely that the owner of the urn lives around the area.
Then, Kat’s post became viral and people from different places were sharing similar stories. In fact, Connie Whiteman Slatt wrote in her reply to the post: “Please let me know what you find out as I have one also, found mine at a thrift shop too! It’s heavy in weight.”
Then, Connie Whiteman Slatt’s comment got a reply from someone else, who was saying that she also has a similar item. According to this person, her aunt had bought it from a thrift store that is in the Pacific Northwest.
“Mine was iridescent and heart-shaped like this one, but much less ornament and more suncatcher-like. It was made from the ash of Mt. Saint Helen.” A woman with the nickname ‘Cat Willow VII’ wrote, “This could also explain what appears to be ashes enclosed within… could be a possibility.”
Maybe the glass heart isn’t actually an urn. Hopefully, the person who donated it will come forward and give some answers. The viral story is going strong – hopefully, the blue heart’s secrets will still be revealed.
For The Time Being
Until Priscilla is able to find the original owner, or they come forward, she said the glass heart will hang peacefully over her sink. “I just thought it was pretty so maybe it was meant to come here who knows,” said Bailey.
After finding out what the ornament really was, Priscilla was slightly frightened, “At first, I got spooked, for a second. But then, it’s been in the house all this time — a couple of weeks now — and it needs to find its owner!”. However, she later said, “There it sits, my spooky little friend.”
When asked why she was keeping the ornament after she found out what it was, she said, “I think it’s pretty. It’s beautiful. It still hangs in my kitchen, even though I think it’s an urn. I just don’t know what to do with it other than hang it up and wait.”
In Kat’s Facebook post, she did her best to try and locate the original owners of the ornament. She wrote, “Hey, friends! I am in desperate need of this post to go viral! My mom Priscilla Boddie Bailey bought this at Savers in Plymouth about 2 weeks ago. At first, we thought it was very unique until we got it home and realized it is full of ashes!!!! We want to return it to the rightful owner.”
As the famous saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Well, in this case, it was the complete opposite: the ornament must have been the previous owner’s treasure. All the same, Priscilla made sure to care for it until it can be retured to its true owner.
Speaking of the famous quote, it seems to be a more common occurrence to have someone’s prized possession found unexpectedly. For Ivelise Hernandez, she was at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport when she saw something happen. Her boyfriend, who accompanied her to the airport, was with her when the two saw a male passenger in the security line ahead of them being forced to throw away a parcel he had. Little did Ivelise know how important this moment would become for her.
As usual, all passengers went through the routine bag and luggage inspection before boarding. Despite it being an important procedure, most passengers find it tiresome. While Ivelise was waiting in line with her boyfriend, Rico, they noticed the line was taking longer than usual.
Waiting In Vain
While waiting to board the place, the man ahead was still having some sort of issue with the airport staff. It looked like there was an item in his bag stopping him from boarding his flight. Whatever it was, it must have been strictly prohibitied inside the plane. Both partied were arguing next to the metal detector. They seemed to be getting more agitated as they argued.
This aspet of traveling used to be a lot less strict than it is today. Ever since 9/11, security has been tightened all over the world when it comes to any kind of travel. The Transportation Authority of the United States (TSA) implemented strict guidelines for what is and isn’t allowed to be brought in a carry-on.
After 9/11, security personnel must have gotten used to being resented by passengers. It’s rather common to see passengers rolling their eyes when they hear ridiculous requests made by officials. To top it off, a lot of travelers are forced to throw away certain items before being able to board the plane. Even items like toothpaste aren’t allowed.
Ivelise and Rico watched as the man in front of them became more and more frustrated. His item must have been one that isn’t easy to replace. He tried compromising with TSA agents and asked what he could do in order to keep his parcel. Despite all the efforts he made, the TSA refused. They insisted the package be thrown away. By then, the couple knew they should do something about it.
No matter how much the male passenger begged and pleaded with them, the TSA agents stood their ground. After a while, he was left with no choice but to throw away his parcel. Sullenly, he took the package out of his bag and threw it away in the nearest trash bin. At that moment, it was Ivelise’s turn to board as well. However, she asked Rico to do something rather unusual for her.
A Strange Mission
Aside from the distraught man, Ivelise and Rico were upset about what they had just seen. As she went to get her bags checked, Ivelise gave Rico an important mission. She told him to go through the trash and check what was inside the package to find out why it was prohibited.
Free To Go
In this situation, Rico had a distinct advantage since he could rifle through the trash bins without going through security. If the package was thrown out instead of being brought out for extra screening, that meant it wasn’t dangerous. Rico could easily take the package with him without going through the TSA agents. By this point, he knew the package was no ordinary item.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Ivelise couldn’t help but worry about the male passenger. She was so curious about the item he had to throw away before boarding his flight. As soon as she landed, she called Rico. She couldn’t wait to find out what was in the parcel that the man didn’t want to part with. When Rico told her what it was, she knew she had to do something about it.
Catch Of The Day
For this young boy, his average day of going fishing did not turn out as he thought it would. When his uncle heard the young boy start to yell, he turned around to see what the fuss was about. When he saw that his fishing rod had a deep curve to it, he thought for sure that the young boy had caught something.
The man realized that the young boy couldn’t control the rod on his own, so he went over to help him, but neither of them was expecting to see this on the other end of the rod. When they pulled out a piece of leather from the water, they realized this was not a fish at all!
Fishing With The Boys
Brodie Brooks, who was 11 years old at the time, couldn’t wait to spend his day fishing with his friends. He had recently been gifted a brand new fishing rod for his birthday, so he couldn’t wait to get out on the water and put it to use.
Out On The Lake
If one thing is for sure, it’s that not one person on this fishing trip expected anything out of every day ordinary to happen on this day. They thought they would be sitting on the water waiting to catch a small fish, not pulling with all their might and reeling in an old sunken purse.
The males were out on Lake Hartwell in Anderson County in South Carolina, waiting patiently in hopes of catching a big fish. They all took the boat out together and cast their rods into the water to wait together. They were hoping for a relaxing day on the water.
After they all put their fishing rods out into the water, they all sat around and exchanged a few jokes with one another. When they all woke up that morning, they had no expectation of even catching something, let alone having to alert the authorities because of what ended up on the end of their rod.
Getting A Bite
The adult that was with the group of young boys was named Ben Myers; he taught Brodie how to bait his new fishing rod and how to cast it out into the water. Despite being a fishing natural, Ben never expected that his teaching skills would lead Brodie to catch something like this.
From Astonishment To Fear
We are sure that you can only imagine how surprised Ben was to hear that Brodie had actually caught something and needed help reeling it in. Ben’s huge amount of excitement quickly turned to fear when he saw just what Brodie had caught on his fishing rod.
A Big Catch
“I felt like it was a big fish because it was bobbing my rod up and down,” Brodie explained. He mentioned that he actually remembers this day perfectly, “I’d just gotten an Ugly Stik, so I was scared I was gonna break my rod.”
But What Was It?
“…I was scared the line was going to snap.” Once Brodie was able to reel the bag out of the water fully, he opened it up to see what was inside. When he noticed the contents of the bag, he got chills all up and down his body and immediately asked Ben for some extra help in what to do here.
When Ben first glanced at the purse it was easy for him to tell that it was pretty old, but at first sight, he didn’t really realize just how old it was. Once Ben took a closer look inside the bag, he found a missing puzzle piece that helped him discover just how long that bag had been underwater.
In Good Shape
Despite the leather being faded and worn out, the purse was in pretty good shape for how old it was. When the two guys opened up the purse to look inside, they saw that some of the items were completely unrecognizable, but that some others were still in mint condition. When Ben saw this one item, in particular, his jaw dropped.
At first, the growing boy was upset that he didn’t actually catch a huge fish as he had hoped. He said he really thought it was a fish because of the way it was bouncing up and down on the rod. He thought he caught a huge fish, but he was nervous that it was so big that his rod would snap.
What Was Inside
The drenched purse had a lot of things inside, many of which left the boys speechless. Old and nearly unrecognizable photographs were one of the staples of what was first found in the bag, but the did not help to solve the mystery of whom the bag belonged to.
A Bag Full Of Things
They kept looking around the bag in hopes of finding a clue as to whose bag it is. Some of the items they found were bank cards, cash keys, a whole wallet, a planner, and cosmetics. The mysterious bag owner sure liked to keep a lot of stuff on them at all times.
First Time For Everything
When interviewed, Ben explained, “We might catch a can here or something like that. But as far as a woman’s purse, that’s a first for me,” he continued, “I’ve been fishing on this lake all my life, and that’s the first time I saw something be caught like this.”
A Familiar Face
When they got back to dry land and continued looking through the contents of the purse, the men noticed something. Ben realized that he thought he might actually know the possible owner of the purse! What a small world. Was he right?
He knew that he recognized her from his childhood, but he couldn’t put his finger on exactly when or where he had met her. After staring at the photos for a few minutes and thinking about it, he realized that he grew up going to school with her nephew, but he hadn’t seen her in over ten years.
He thought he was imagining things. He said, “You fish up a purse for one, then you actually know whose it was. It was crazy.” Catching a purse on the other end of your fishing rod is weird enough, but imagine it belonging to someone that you know.
In Remarkable Shape
Unbelievably, most of the items were still in amazing shape, despite being underwater for 30 years. When Ben continued to look through the bag, he found more store cards, old lipsticks, and a hair comb, all of which were still in good condition given the circumstances.
There were still many questions running through their minds; who did the bag really belong to? How long had it been underwater? Perhaps the biggest question still lingering was how did the bag get in the water in the first place?
Some of the photos were of people, and just by looking at them it is clear that they were taken a very long time ago. Even though the photos had been submerged in water for quite some time now, they were still in great condition.
Impossible To Know
Still, it was not possible to know for sure who the purse belonged to before opening up the most secretive and personal compartment they could find. Once they did this, they not only figured out who the purse belonged to, but where she went to school, too.
When they opened another section of the bag, Ben and Brodie noticed more photos. They were stuck together and the boys had to separate them very carefully. They let the photos sit flat to air out and the boys began inspecting them for clues. One photo, in particular, caught their eyes immediately.
They Rang The Authorities
When they looked at this photo is when they noticed a very familiar face looking back at them. Both of them sprung up out of their chairs and couldn’t believe what they were looking at. Ben knew immediately that he needed to get the cops involved, so he picked up his phone and dialed 911.
Brodie thought the woman in the photo looked familiar, and Ben thought from the second he saw the photo that he knew who this woman was. Ben said to ABC News, “She was a friend of the family. I went to school with her nephew, but I haven’t seen her in ten years.”
How did an entire purse end up at the bottom of the lake? How long had it been there for? It had to have been many years, looking at these photos. When Ben realized this could be a criminal case, he got nervous that he’d get in trouble for tampering with evidence. After all, he didn’t know what happened to this woman or what happened to her bag.
Finding The Woman
After explaining their discovery to the police, Ben took to Facebook to try to find someone who was related to this woman. He found her nephew online, and he messaged him. He couldn’t believe that after all these years someone found her bag at the bottom of the lake.
He called his aunt immediately and let her know about the discovery that had been made out on the water today. The woman nearly hung up the phone because she was so shocked that she thought her nephew was trying to pull a practical joke on her!
The Purse’s Owner
49-year-old April Bolt was the proud owner of this purse, and she was more surprised than anyone when they told her that it wad been found. She even explained, “I couldn’t believe it. I was lost for words. You never think you’d see it again.”
The Test Of Time
The purse had been missing since 2002… that’s an entire 27 years that this purse was missing for! Given what a long time this is, the bag was actually in amazing condition. It’s brag-worthy in itself that the paper items in the bag were still intact after 27 years underwater.
Though this purse had just been living at the bottom of a 29-foot lake for 27 years, everything inside was in perfect condition because the bag was sealed shut. The lipsticks, photos, hair comb, and everything else inside the bag was left in great shape.
Despite being happy that the purse had been discovered, April couldn’t help but explain that she had always thought the bag disappeared under mysterious circumstances. What exactly did she mean by this? Ben and Brodie had assumed she simply dropped it overboard or something accidental like this.
In the summer of 1992, April went to a cookout at Lake Hartwell. She said, “We were on the boat and my parents had a condo there and we were grilling burgers and we parked the boat in the slip.” What happened after this, though?
My Bag Is Gone!
“…There were two guys there fishing and – I hate to accuse anybody – but when we got back I was like, ‘My pocketbook is gone!’” It seemed to make perfect sense to April that the two men whom she did not recognize were the ones guilty of stealing her stuff.
When this happened, April was devastated. “I was crying… It wasn’t a whole lot of cash – maybe like $60. But a woman fits her whole life in her purse. It was devastating,” she explained. Just the idea of having to go get a new ID and order new credit cards from the bank was hard enough to think about.
They always say it’s the little things that you miss, most, and April can attest to that first-hand. She remembered, “My favorite lipstick was in there and the color was discontinued.” For the fact that the lipstick was living underwater for 27 years, it still looks like it’s in pretty good shape!
What Was Hiding In There?
It actually wasn’t the money or the lipstick that made April so sad about losing her purse; there was something in her bag that was so important to her that money could never pay to replace in a situation like this. What did she have in her purse that was so valuable?
One of the items that Ben and Brodie had discovered in April’s bag were baby photos of her son. 27 years ago, photos were not like they are today where you can make tons of copies easily. Most of the time, people had only one copy of a photo, which was the case here, and is why the photo was so cherished by April.
April said, with tears filling up in her eyes, “My son is 26 now, but he was 15 months then, and I had all his photos that were professionally taken in my wallet. They have water damage but you can still make him out.”
When Ben and Brodie were asked to speak about their amazing discovery on this day, they still could not find the right words to say for what had just happened. Ben explained to ABC News, “It was pretty wild,” he continued, “You fish up a purse – for one – then you actually know whose it was…”
Not As Thrilled
Even with this great discovery, Brodie was less than amused that he caught something other than a fish. We can’t blame him for feeling this way, especially because he is only 11 years old, but we’re sure that he will look back on this one day and realize what a great thing he got to be a part of.
It was no secret whatsoever that Ben was disappointed by the fact that he had just reeled in a purse and not a fish, and Ben saw the look on his face right away, but he took it with a grain of salt. Laughing, Ben said, “I told him, ‘You ain’t got no fish, you got a treasure!’”
Over 2 Decades
The more important thing here is how did April feel to be reunited with her belongings after they had been missing for over two decades? We’re sure she couldn’t have been more thrilled. Being reunited with something after it’s been gone for so long is always a great feeling.
April explained that finding her old purse “meant the world to her,” even though she still has a few questions that have not been answered. April thought she would never see this bag again, so the fact that she did came as a huge surprise to her.
Was April’s purse actually stolen all those years ago, or did something else happen to it? Perhaps it had accidentally fallen overboard and she thought someone stole it. After all, what are the odds that it was discovered on the same lake as it was stolen from to begin with?
Who Stole It?
If it was stolen, who does she think took it? Did someone want her purse so badly that they would go through such great lengths to obtain it? Even though she knows that the odds are slim of her ever finding out what actually happened, she said that even today she thinks about the possibilities sometimes.
April was also wondering why the world gave the purse back to her. Of course, the boy found it and returned it to its rightful owner, but why did the universe think that it was time for April to get this purse back after nearly 30 years of living without it?
“Everyone keeps telling me, ‘There’s got to be a meaning to why you’re finding this so many years later,’” she said. “I’m sure God will reveal that in time.” Until that happens, April is simply enjoying going down memory lane now that she has all of the contents of her old bag back with her. She exclaimed, “It’s just so precious to have it back.”
It’s unlikely that her son had ever laid eyes on any of these photos before, either. We are sure that it was cool for him to be able to look at the photos and be brought back in time to when he was a small child. We bet he may have been even more excited than his mom.
Mike never thought he was the kind of person to find buried treasure. His heart was racing as he realized he may have made a discovery; he never thought this day would be so different from any other day he spent looking around outside. This time, he had to end up getting the authorities involved!