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21-Year-Old Message in a Bottle Found While Mushroom Hunting [VIDEO]

21-year-old message in a bottle

You never know what you will find when you go mushroom hunting. A 21-year-old message in a bottle is quite a treasure.

While on vacation in Iona, Michigan Terry Smith decided to go mushroom hunting. The 21-year-old message in a bottle was not what he was quite a surprise, but it was even better when he got some closure on the story.

Smith said that it’s not the first time he has found a message but was pleasantly surprised by its condition saying, “It’s in pretty good condition really. I mean, it was water stained, it was damp and when I took it out of the bottle. But, it’s in really good condition for being 21 years old.”

21-year-old message in a bottle

The papers that Smith found inside had been written and drawn on by two 12-year-old girls named Angela and Leah in 1994. With the help of the Internet, Smith decided to try to track down the girls and in less than 24 hours, he was successful.


Leah Sedelmaier was astounded that the 21-year-old message in a bottle was really hers, but she does confirm that she was best friends with Angela and has reached out to reconnect.

“I’m shocked I’m totally shocked,” said Sedelmaier. “I was just ‘was this us?’ you know, like I don’t know. It’s strange.”

Next time you head out to the woods to look for mushrooms, keep your mind open and your eyes sharp, you never know what you’ll find.

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21-Year-Old Message in a Bottle Found While Mushroom Hunting [VIDEO]