A couple was doing some work on their home when they found a half-century old safe hidden behind a wall.
The couple in Phoenix, Arizona was astonished to find the old safe as they demolished part of their kitchen in the midst of renovations.
They soon recalled that when they moved in that they found a code for a safe in the back of the medicine cabinet, so they tried that and the safe opened.
Inside the safe they found $51,080–mostly in $100 bills–along with a bottle of bourbon from 1960.
“We stared in disbelief. Time stood still,” the woman shared on Imgur, Reddit’s image sharing website.
“I started to reach in the safe and Eddie yelled, ‘Wait it might be booby trapped!’ I’m still laughing at that one.”
They also found a book inside the safe, titled A Guide for the Perplexed by E.F. Schumacher published in 1977.
Inside was a black and white picture of a mystery man with a message: “Alan, I have a book you must read. I’ve underlined a few key passages. Your friend, Vincent.”
The underlined passages in the book seem to be clues.
On page seven, an underlined passage of the chapter titled, ‘On Philosophical Maps’ reads: “One way of looking at the world as a whole is by means of a map, that is to say, some sort of plan or outline that shows where various things are to be found.”
Tucked into the same page is a map of Arizona, with Mesa circled and an “X” marking it.
On page eleven there was a photo of a house has text written underneath: “There yielded such fruitful results.”
On the back of the picture shows a tree split into three, “Where one tree becomes three” is written.
Also, on page 14 an underlined passage reads: “Most Modern Readers will be reluctant to believe that perfect happiness is attainable by methods of which their modern world knows nothing.”
A Bingo card that was with the book has three numbers circled, another potential clue.
The woman and her partner say they will try to get the money back to Alan.
“If Alan is still out there, it was meant for him after all,” she said. “But we’re keeping the bourbon!”