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  • Mystery letter writer gets response 40 years later

  • Have you ever put a written a message, put it in a bottle and wondered where it ended up? One California woman wrote a letter in Oct. 1972. More than 40 years later, that letter was found near Bagnell Dam at the Lake of the Ozarks.
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  • Have you ever put a written a message, put it in a bottle and wondered where it ended up? One California woman wrote a letter in Oct. 1972. More than 40 years later, that letter was found near Bagnell Dam at the Lake of the Ozarks.
    Some say the author of the letter, Vondel Lockhart, may have been on vacation staying somewhere at the lake. All the details, we may never know but one thing we now know is that writing a message in a bottle was a common occurrence for Lockhart.
    Lake Sun ran the original article in July detailing a message in a bottle that was found in April. After the story ran in a sister paper in California, a living relative of Lockhart came forward.
    Lockhart's niece contacted the California paper writing that her aunt "was always writing notes and putting them in bottles, but as far as I know no one had ever returned one to her."
    That is where this story turns. Years later, Lockhart gets her first letter in return. Her niece has agreed to accept it on her behalf.
    Mark Adamson, the father of Cory who found the letter, was always interested in writing back.
    When he found out a living relative was located he said, "I was excited about it."
    In the return letter, Adamson tells Lockhart's family who he is and how his son discovered the letter. He asked a few questions regarding if they know where she may have put the letter into the water and offered the letter to the family if they would like it as a family heirloom. If the family decides not to receive the original letter, the Adamsons plan on giving it to a local musuem.
    Adamson ends the letter by saying, "We just wish your aunt was still here to see the end of the of the journey of the letter she started 41 years ago."
    Adamson did leave residents and visitors with one piece of advice when walking near the lake's shoreline, "You never know. Sometimes it's not all trash."
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