CENTRALIA, Ill. (WTHR) - An Illinois woman has her stolen wallet back - 75 years after it went missing.
A plumber was working on renovations to the old Centralia High School when he cut into a vent. Fifteen wallets, believed to have been stolen in the mid-1940s, fell out of the heat duct behind a toilet.
There was no cash in any of the wallets, though there were several photos of soldiers - no surprise given the era from which the items came.
The pastor of City Hope Church, which is moving into the school, posted a photo of the box of wallets to Facebook. Thousands of people shared the post, which put the photo in front of Betty June Sissom's family.
The 89-year-old grew up in Centralia and remembered losing her red wallet when she was in school. Pastor Seth Balzell asked KSDK-TV in St. Louis to return it to her.
"I remember it was red and I remember I lost my wallet...I can't believe this from all these years ago. That's me with a little boy by the name of Jimmy Kane and I had a crush on him," Sissom said. "Oh my goodness, look at the boys' pictures I have. They took all the money, huh?"
Even without the cash, Sissom said it was "unbelievable" that she had her wallet back after all these years.