They catch a 25-year-old purse while fishing, when they look inside—’It was crazy’

“I couldn’t believe it. I was lost for words”
July 12, 2017 6:00 pm Last Updated: December 29, 2017 8:53 pm

If you lose something that’s meant to be yours, it’ll come back to you, even if have you to wait 25 years like this South Carolina woman.

In 1992, April Bolt had her purse stolen from her boat on Lake Hartwell in Anderson. She assumed the thieves threw it into the lake after taking the cash. Bolt was heartbroken as the purse contained photos of her baby son, along with other treasured possessions.

“I was crying,” Bolt told ABC News, recalling the day her purse went missing. “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 never thought she’d see her purse again.

Fast-forward to July 2017, and 11-year-old Brodie Brooks fishing for catfish on Lake Hartwell. Suddenly, his line caught on something … something big.

“I felt like it was a big fish because it was bobbing my rod up and down and I’d just gotten an Ugly Stik so I was scared I was gonna break my rod. I was scared the line was going to snap,” he told ABC News.

“I’ve been fishing on this lake all my life and that’s the first time I saw something be caught like this on a rod and reel,” added Ben Myers, a distant relative of Brooks who was out fishing with him.

He excitedly reeled it in, hoping he’d caught a prize fish.

What he actually caught was a woman’s purse.

The pair went through the contents, which were remarkably well preserved and identified the purse as belonging to Bolt.

Incredibly, Myers realized he knew her. “She’s a friend of the family. I went to school with her nephew, but I hadn’t seen her in 10 years,” he explained to ABC News.

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“You fish up a purse for one, then you actually know whose it was. It was crazy,” he added.

He was later able to contact Bolt through her nephew.

Bolt was stunned.

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“I couldn’t believe it. I was lost for words,” Bolt told ABC News. “You never think you’d see it again.”

“It meant the world to me. My son is 26 now, but he was 15 months then and I had all his photos that were professionally taken in my wallet. Back then you didn’t have your cellphone with the pictures. They have water damage but you can make him out,” said Bolt.

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“I remember being upset because my favorite lipstick was in there and the color was discontinued.”

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“I also had this comb with a pick on the end of it. My daughter is a hairdresser and when she saw it, she was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’”

While Brodie still wishes he’d caught a fish, Bolt is cherishing her “time capsule”, according to WYFF. “It’s precious to have all this back,” she said. “Even in this condition. … I love it.”