Dondi Mitchell felt something snag on his fishing reel on June 2nd. When he finally pulled in what he caught, he was in for a big surprise.
He initially thought that his hook had snagged on some lily pads or possibly a fish, but it actually turned out to be a purse.
When Mitchell examined the contents of the purse, he noticed that someone had weight the hand bag down with rocks, so that it would sink.
He opened the purse to try and ascertain the identity of the purse’s owner. Much to his surprise, he did in fact know the owner of the purse. Mitchell said to himself, “this is a lady I went to school with.”
Mitchel reached out to the owner of the bag, Kim Sexton, via Facebook. Apparently, in 1999, her bag had been stolen. With that theft, she lost her credit cards, make up, and wedding rings. All these things were still in the bag, dirty, but whole.
Kim was surprised when she found out that her former classmate had reeled in the purse that she had lost.
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“I said to myself, ‘Gee I wonder if I know this person’ so when I opened it up as soon as I saw the wallet and the picture, I knew exactly who it was, I was like you gotta be kidding me, this is a lady I went to school with,” said Mitchell.
Her face was right there on the license, Kim Sexton, now Kim Flanders. Kim and Mitchell graduated Mahar Regional together back in 1985. In 1999, Kim’s bag had been stolen and evidently, launched in the lake. Her JCPenney credit cards, lip gloss, and even wedding and anniversary bands were left inside, dirty, but intact.
Mitchell found her on Facebook.
“He sent me a message and he said, ‘I just reeled in your purse,’ and I was like what,” said Flanders. And as if the chances of having a high school classmate find a stolen bag at the bottom of a pond after 18 years were slim, the timing was even slimmer. June 2, the day Mitchell reeled it in, was the same date Kim got married to her former husband back in 1990.