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    Woman recovers wallet lost 46 years ago in California

    VENTURA, CALIFORNIA (AP) — A woman from Ventura was reunited with a wallet she lost 46 years ago after an employee working on remodelling Southern California’s historic Majestic Ventura Theatre discovered it inside a crawl space.

    “I would have never imagined,” said Tom Stevens after locating the wallet among old candy bar wrappers, ticket stubs and soda cans.

    Stevens told the Ventura County Star he then went on social media to try to locate the owner based on clues in the wallet, including old photos, a 1973 Grateful Dead concert ticket and a California driver’s licence for Colleen Distin that expired in 1976. There was no money in the wallet.

    “Does anyone know Colleen Distin?” he asked on the theatre’s Facebook page. “While doing some maintenance we have found her wallet. There are a bunch of pictures of people, and they are super cool from that era also. Someone may want them. So if you are, or if you know Colleen, drop us a line and we will have it here for you!”

    Stevens’ boss, Loanne Wullaert, suggested posting the information on social media.

    “We’re at almost 1,000 shares, a ridiculous amount of comments and then it went to all these other sites,” Wullaert said. “I think it’s cool that people care and are interested.”

    Distin, who grew up in Ventura and remains a resident, said she heard from a lot of people online and received a call about the post on social media. She responded a couple of hours after the posting that the wallet was hers.

    Distin went to pick up the wallet and said it was like opening a “time capsule”.

    Distin said she lost the wallet in 1975, when she was in her early 20s, at what was then a
    movie theatre.

    Distin said it must have fallen through a hole in her purse, which she had placed on the theatre floor. At the time, her wallet held a USD200 cheque and family photos.

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