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Message in a bottle

The note and drawing

The note and drawing

— Waves crashing and water stretching up on the sand led to a discovery by a local man.

A message in a bottle washed ashore from the Salmon River near Twin Bridges and was found Oct. 26 by area resident Bryan Lowe.

“It was in a plastic Coke bottle and was about 10 feet on shore from the water,” Bryan said. He and his wife, Barbara, live about eight miles from there.

The letter is dated July 18, 2009, and reads:

“Dear Finder,

If you have found this, it has probably been a year or so since I sent this down the Salmon River in Salmon, Idaho. I don’t know where this has ended up, but I hope you read this and enjoy it. I am writing this at my grandparent’s house at 9:53 p.m. I am leaving back home to Phoenix, Arizona, today, the day I sent this down the river. I have been here for 2 weeks. You can send this back down a river or make a new one. I don’t care. ~ Goodbye.”

The note is unsigned, has good penmanship and spelling, and includes a small drawing of a house, walkway and tree (pictured).

“We thought maybe a 10 to 12 year old wrote it, just by looking at the writing,” Bryan said. “It would be fun to find out who wrote it, where they threw it in and where they are now.”

The Free Press sent this story and a copy of the letter to the Recorder Herald newspaper in Salmon to see if the author of the note can be found.

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