Wallet lost 40 years ago returned to Ontario family

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Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A wallet lost for 40 years was returned to an Ontario family after being found in an air duct at a storage facility.

Andrew Medley of Detroit said he was working on a storage unit at Eaton Centre in Toronto when he found a wallet in an air duct.


"I took the wallet out and I was with a colleague at the time, and we opened it up. We thought maybe it was a couple years old and we were just shocked at how well preserved everything was in there," Medley told CBC News.

Medley was able to find the wallet's owner on Facebook and sent messages to the woman and her daughter, Vanessa Austin.

Neither woman responded before Medley had to leave town, so he looked up Austin on LinkedIn and dropped the wallet off at her work.

"It's so well preserved, it looks like, obviously no one touched it in 40 years," Austin said.

The wallet contained precious items including photographs, Austin's birth certificate and immigration paperwork from when the family arrived from El Salvador.

Austin said she and her mother don't remember the wallet being lost, but they used to frequently visit Eaton Centre.


"I guess that's where it got lost or stolen," she said.

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