Long-lost wallet returned 20 years later
Published Friday, December 13, 2013 7:21PM EST
Last Updated Saturday, December 14, 2013 8:03AM EST
An eastern Ontario man says he is grateful to two men who returned a long-lost wallet after stumbling upon it while hunting for coins earlier this month.
The wallet, lost 20 years ago, is now back in Gaetan LaFleche’s possession after Andy Perreault’s metal detector picked up a signal for a penny and nickel. It led him to the wallet, which LaFleche had lost in 1993.
“A few inches in the dirt was this wallet,” Perreault told CTV News. “As we wiped off one of the cards, we had a name, we had an address.”
Perreault and his friend phoned LaFleche, who it turns out, had searched far and wide for the wallet.
“Instantly, it clicked when he told me, ‘Did you lose a wallet in the ’90s,’” said LaFleche. “Right there, I knew.”
Perreault and his friend drove the 56 kilometres from Ottawa to Casselman, Ont., to return the crumbling wallet, which still held long-since cancelled credit cards, an old fishing licence, and photo ID.
“To them, there’s nothing worth saving in there, everything is from the ‘90s, everything is obsolete and they still took the time,” LaFleche said.
But there was one sentimental keepsake in the wallet that has not been recovered -- a pendant given to LaFleche by his father, who died more than 10 years ago.
Perreault said he’s going back to the location where he found it to search for the treasured keepsake.
“I remember exactly the spot, and I’m going to try again,” Perreault said. “Hopefully I can find it for him.”
LaFleche said he’s grateful to the pair.
“There are a lot of good people, it’s only when it happens to you, this is when you realize it,” he said.
With a report from CTV Ottawa’s Kate Eggins