11-Year-Old Returns Woman’s Purse Lost In Lake 25 Years Ago

Lifestyle By Michelle Bronx |

When Brodie Brooks was fishing last week in Anderson, South Carolina, he was convinced he caught a large fish when he felt his fishing rod get very heavy. 

According to InsideEdition.com, it turns out, what Brooks reeled in was not a fish, but instead, a woman’s purse. This 11-year-old actually reeled in a woman’s purse that had been missing for 25 years! “I felt that I really had a fish,” Brodie told InsideEdition.com. “But then when I got it up to the surface, I was like, ‘I ain’t got no fish.’”

Brooks, along with fellow fisherman on the boat opened the purse to check for identification and low and behold they discovered it belonged to a friend- April Bolt. When Bolt learned that these fishermen had found her purse after all these years- she was shocked! “I was in total disbelief. I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “After 25 years, what are the chances of getting the purse back?”

Apparently, Bolt had left her purse on a boat back in 1992, and despite being submerged underwater for more than two decades, all of the items were still in tact. 

The bag was filled with makeup, credit cards, pictures, and even her high school diploma! “To a lot of people this is just a muddy mess,” Bolt said. “But to me, it’s precious to have all my belongings back, especially the pictures.”

The photos were of Bolt’s son at 15 months old, and even Bolt’s favorite lipstick was still in perfect condition! “I never thought in a million years I’d get it back,” she said. “But you know, it’s just that lucky chance.”

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