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Found: A Lost Wallet, 13 Years Later

Dean McAuley thinks it went missing on a scuba-diving trip.

Around 13 years ago, Dean McAuley of Tacoma, Washington, lost his wallet. At the time, he was too busy to worry about it, he recently told KING. He canceled a few cards and quickly moved on with his life.

But recently, someone mailed him that wallet—intact, including his driver’s license and $11 in cash. The wallet also came with an anonymous note. “Mr. McAuley, I found your wallet outside a Mexican restaurant years ago,” the person wrote, and went on to explain that initial attempts to track McAuley down had failed, before the writer simply forgot about it. “Just recently, I found it in my desk at work and found your address on the Pierce County assessor’s website. I apologize it took so long.”

The note was dated March 29. McAuley, a firefighter, told KING that he wouldn’t mind tracking down the Good Samaritan, but even if he can’t, the note will be a good example for his son. “It has nothing to do with the money, it has nothing to do with a wallet,” McAuley said. “It has to do with character.”