A Florida couple who found a message in a bottle on the shore of a river were able to track down the person who authored the message almost two decades earlier. Sheila and Teben Pyles said they were participating in a neighborhood cleanup in South Jacksonville, Florida, when they found an old bottle on the shore of the St. Johns River.
… The bottle bore writing that said “look inside,” and the couple opened it to find a message. The message said: “If you are the person that found this bottle, please send a note to Ron Clark.” The note bore an address in Texas, but the couple said the bottle appeared to be decades old and they doubted the address would be current.
… Months of research and contacting Ron Clarks who turned out to not be the message’s author led to their discovering a man bearing that name lived in Mebane, North Carolina, and used to reside in Texas.
… Sheila Pyles posted photos of the bottle and the message to a Mebane community group on Facebook in December in the hopes of getting Clark’s attention. The post was successful, and the Ron Clark who lives in Mebane turned out to be Ron Clark Sr., whose son, Ron Clark Jr., 49, wrote the message while staying with his grandparents in Florida 39 years earlier.