Little Boy Solves Incredible Mystery While Fishing

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Little Boy Solves Incredible Mystery While Fishing


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A Special Treasure in Lake Hartwell


Brodie Started Screaming

Brodie Started Screaming
As it was Brodie’s first time fishing, his cousin Ben also went along on this adventure. He could help them with every fish because he had a lot of experience. He showed the boys how to attach the bait correctly to the hook and how to use the rod properly. Ben didn’t expect much from the day. Until Brodie started screaming that there was something on his rod and was having trouble getting it up. Ben now knew that this day would bring something special.



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Something Was Wrong

Something Was Wrong
Ben immediately realised that something was wrong and jumped at Brodie to help him. They both got nervous but Brodie still had no idea what was going on. He was delighted to finally have a bite but was disappointed when the catch came up. He hadn’t caught a fish.. Ben was shocked and knew they had fished up a huge discovery. He said to him: ‘You haven’t got a fish, you’ve got a treasure. I’ve been fishing on this lake all my life and this is the first time I’ve seen something like this caught with a fishing rod.” 



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Keep The Rod Under Control

Keep The Rod Under Control
Brodie Brooks was thrilled when something finally caught the bait, but he struggled to keep the rod under control. He was sure it would be an epic catch, but didn’t even think about the fact that he might catch something other than fish.”I had a feeling it was a big fish because he was bobbing my rod up and down and I had just gotten an Ugly Stick, so I was afraid I would break my rod. I was afraid the line would break,” the boy told ABC News. He had made an amazing catch that he would later be very happy about.



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An Unexpected Turn


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Curiosity Took Over

Curiosity Took Over
Although both boys were disappointed at first, they became curious as to what the object was and what it actually had inside. Brodie decided to investigate the catch. He had never expected it to be such an extraordinary treasure. Could they find the owner of the bag? And what was it worth? It was clear that the mysterious bag had spent a lot of time in the lake, and it was highly unlikely that everything inside was still intact after all that time.



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The Secret Hidden Inside

The Secret Hidden Inside
Neither of them had read or heard anything in the news recently about anyone losing their bag or wallet. It also looked like the bag had been in the water for quite some time, so it had been a long time since anyone had lost it. Despite the fact that it was muddy and faded, they realised that the bag was in surprisingly good condition. It didn’t seem to have any holes in it after all this time, and they couldn’t wait to see all the secrets it hid inside!



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Still Completely Intact

Still Completely Intact
Having assumed that the inside of the bag was probably still completely intact, they both gathered their courage and decided to have a look at the inside of the bag. When they carefully opened the zip and the bag finally opened, their hearts were beating when they saw the entire inside. They were completely amazed. They never expected to find this in an old bag that had probably been lying at the bottom of the lake for years. 



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The Story of the Bag

The Story of the Bag
When they had opened the bag and carefully looked at all the stuff in it, they saw a lot of random stuff. They suspected that it would not be worth much but they felt that there was a great story behind this bag. What could look like junk to them could be a priceless discovery to the owner. They knew they had to find the owner of the bag to find out the story of this treasure.



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Impressed

Impressed
Ben and Brodie found all sorts of things in the bag. Many of the items did not impress them at all. This was mainly because they had never used such items in their lives. Think of a plagiarism comb, old lipstick and shop cards that had probably expired long ago. What did impress them, was the fact that the items were in surprisingly good condition. Despite the fact that this bag had been lying at the bottom of Lake Hartwell for many months, years – or even decades – nothing in it had been irreparably damaged.



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They Found Gold

They Found Gold
Now finally what they had hoped for happened, they had found gold! After searching through many random things in the bag, they found a bunch of photos. These were very old photos of different people. They thought they might recognise the people in the photo. After all, their hometown of Anderson in South Carolina was quite small, and Ben Myers was sure that someone else would recognize these people. So who knows.. The search could begin.



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Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible
To find out whose bag it was, they put all the facts in perspective. It seemed an impossible mission to find the owner but they knew that the bag had belonged to a woman because of the items inside.  Secondly, they were also sure that the bag had been lost for quite some time and was laying at the bottom of the lake. They could not say exactly how long it had been in the lake, but it would not surprise them if it had been there before Brodie was born.



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A Shocking Revelation


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Everything Changed

Everything Changed
When Ben took another moment to look at the photos, he made a shocking revelation. The face that stared at him was a familiar one and he was shocked. They thought it would take forever to find out who the original owner of this bag was, but that changed when Ben Myers realised he actually knew her. “I know this woman. She is a friend of the family. I went to school with her cousin, but I hadn’t seen her in 10 years. It was pretty wild. You fish up a bag and then you know who it belonged to. It was crazy,” Myers told ABC News.



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Was He Wrong?

Was He Wrong?
Ben was afraid he had imagined it. Of course, the photos were already old and faded by the water, so it was possible that he was wrong. What if the photos weren’t who he thought they were? Fortunately, Ben did not have to hesitate for long, as they found something very special and unusual. There was a high school diploma in the bag. And to his great surprise, this was from the old family friend, April Bolt.  His happiness could not run out. He was right!



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A Big Challenge

A Big Challenge
Although they were delighted to find the owner of the bag, it was a big challenge to find her. Ben hadn’t seen her in 10 years and Brodie was far too young to know her. Fortunately, they lived in a small community, so they suspected it wouldn’t be too hard to track someone down. They decided to go to the village and ask several people if they by any chance knew the woman. And they did..



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Could This Be True?

Could This Be True?
After a search through the village, Ben and Brodie came up with the happy news that they had probably found the woman. April Bolt was sitting at home watching TV when she received a phone call. She was completely devastated when her cousin’s wife called. She asked if she had accidentally lost her bag around 20 years ago. She could not believe she was asking this question and that she knew about it, because she had barely told anyone. Could it really be found?



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She Was Shocked

She Was Shocked
April just could not believe that her valuables from the past might have been found. When her cousin’s wife asked her this question, she was so shocked that she felt like she was being struck by lightning. She was so shocked because she knew that it was 25 years ago that she left her handbag on a boat and never saw it again. Had she been right all this time after 25 years? Could this be?



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Old Memories

Old Memories
It was still too early to celebrate the fact that her bag had finally been found after all this time. She wanted to see her belongings with her own eyes before she got happy. It could not be a coincidence, could it? She wanted to be reunited with her own things first, but all the beautiful memories of that bag came back. She hoped that she would get her things back after all these years and that the bag found in the lake was really hers.



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The Bag Disappeared

The Bag Disappeared
The memories that came back included the day that the bag was lost. Her parents had bought a nice little flat by the lake. The whole family often gathered here to have a nice day and make beautiful memories. They also had a boat, and that day, when they parked this boat at the boat ramp when they came ashore, April left her bag behind for a while. She never found out how her bag disappeared, but she always had a suspicion….



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She Always Had a Suspicion

She Always Had a Suspicion
When April arrived by boat she had her baby with her. Because she had her hands full and was busy with the baby, she decided to leave her things behind for a while. Looking back, she should never have done this…. “I had all the baby’s things and I just left it covered on the boat. There were two guys there fishing and, I don’t want to accuse anyone, but when we came back I was like, ‘My pocketbook is gone,'” Bolt recalls while talking to ABC News.



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A Total Nightmare

A Total Nightmare
April wanted to make the day, 25 years ago, enjoyable with a nice picnic at the lake. Unfortunately, the fun day turned into a total nightmare when it turned out that her bag had been stolen in the time she had been busy, leaving it on the boat. She simply could not believe that someone had stolen her bag in such a short period of time. Would she be able to find the thief after all this time, now that her bag was back?



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Something More Mysterious

Something More Mysterious
When April found out that her bag was gone she was stunned. “I cried. It wasn’t much money – maybe about $60. But a woman puts her whole life in her bag. It was terrible,” she told ABC News. After it became clear she wouldn’t get her bag back, Bolt spent a lot of time cancelling her IDs and credit cards, but this wasn’t even the part that hurt the most. There was something else mysterious about the bag’s disappearance.



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Childhood Photos

Childhood Photos
When her bag disappeared, in 1992, her son was just a toddler. Because the bag was stolen, she lost a lot of childhood photos of him that she has never been able to see again. The fact that she never saw these photos again was the worst part of the whole story. This was the reason why she became extremely excited that her bag had probably been found. All she had to do was meet the boy who had found it at the bottom of Lake Hartwell to confirm that it really belonged to her.



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Completely Surprised

Completely Surprised
There was, of course, still a good chance that all the photos and things were completely damaged, so she tried not to be too happy when she went to see Ben. She was afraid that she would be disappointed when she opened the bag. Once she met up with Ben to pick up the bag, she was completely surprised and never expected this to happen. How could it be possible that it was found so many years later and still kept in good condition? 



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She Could Not Believe It

She Could Not Believe It
Wow, it was amazing. April could not believe her eyes! She saw all her stuff from the past again for the first time in 25 years. “For many people, this is just a muddy mess. But for me, it’s precious to have all my belongings back, especially the photos,” Bolt said as she talked to Inside Edition and showed them the things she had left in the bag all those years ago. This was an indescribable moment for her.



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Ben Was Right All That Time

Ben Was Right All That Time
It became clear to Ben that he had been right all along and that the bag belonged to April Bolt, but one question remained – could she still use any of these items after spending so many years in the lake? Of course, her passes had already been cancelled, her cosmetics were past their sell-by date and she had asked her high school for a new copy of her diploma 25 years ago. But still she was glad, because there was something in it that was absolutely priceless.



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One Important Thing

One Important Thing
Bolt would not have been bothered if all the other stuff had been lost, but there was one thing she really wanted to see back: old photos of her son. “It meant the world to me. My son is 26 now, but he was 15 months at the time and I had all his photos taken professionally in my wallet. In those days you didn’t have mobile phones with pictures. They have water damage, but you can get it out,” Bolt told ABC News.



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The Lipstick

The Lipstick
Apart from the photographs, Bolt also found other objects in her old bag that she had never expected to see. For example, she found her old lipstick that had always been her favourite in her younger years. This also brought back beautiful memories. Even though it was just a lipstick, it had been a beautiful memory. She was quite upset when she lost it, as the colour had been removed from the market, and she couldn’t find it anywhere for the next few years. 



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It Was Remarkable

It Was Remarkable
Apart from the fact that April just found a new favourite brand after her bag disappeared and started wearing a different beautiful colour from then on, it still brought back a lot of lovely memories of the time with her family back then. She was also quite impressed by the good condition of the lipstick, it seemed like she could still use it after all this time. Even though she knew, of course, that this was no longer possible, she still found it remarkable.



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The Story Became Widely Known

The Story Became Widely Known
When this story became widely known in the village and internationally, many people were surprised that everything was still in good condition but also that she had her high school diploma in her bag. One of the people in her life was actually intrigued by a very different object. “I also had a comb with a pick on the end. My daughter is a hairdresser and when she saw it, she said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,'” Bolt recalled in an interview with ABC News.



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What Kind of Bag Was It?

What Kind of Bag Was It?
Because the bag had been preserved for so long, everyone wanted to know what kind of bag it was. Unfortunately, she never said what kind of bag it was, but that would be a great marketing tool for the company that made it. Sadly, Brodie didn’t catch a fish on his first fishing trip but he was able to make someone’s life a little better that day, and there are still plenty of fish in the sea – or Lake Hartwell – that he can catch.



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April Was Very Happy

April Was Very Happy
Although she lost her handbag in pain 25 years ago, April Bolt didn’t really think about it all those years, but she was still happy when she got it back two decades later, and she believes it all happened for a reason. “Everyone keeps saying to me, ‘There must be a reason why you find this so many years later.’ I’m sure God will reveal that in time. It is just so precious to have it back. Even the photos, even though they’re all messed up,” Bolt told ABC News.