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Message in a bottle recovered

Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 10:55 am

Britton Edwards never would have dreamed that a message in a bottle she sent as a child would ever be received by anyone; so the fact that it was returned is remarkable.

Britton Edwards never would have dreamed that a message in a bottle she sent as a child would ever be received by anyone; so the fact that it was returned is remarkable.

During the hunting seaason of 2015, Kyle Pierson was looking for one of his dogs in a marsh near Whelan’s Marina in Farnham, Virginia, when he came upon a bottle with a piece of paper inside.  Opening it up, he found the following message: May 29th, 1994

Dear Friend,

I hope you found my letter, my name is Britton McDonald.  I’m on vacation with my friend Andrew.  Just a little while ago we stuffed a crab down Andrews little brothers shirt.  That was fun!  Ha Ha Ha I’m 12 and I’m turning 13 this Friday, June 3rd.  Anyway I want to be an artist when I grow up an live in a giant manchon!  Oh, well, It’s just a dream.  Are you a dreamer?  Please if anyone and I mean anyone finds this letter  Please write me back at <Address deleted>.  This is not a fake!

Love,

Britton McDaniel

Don’t forget to write me back at <Address deleted>

My name again is:

Britton

McDaniel

In January, 2016,  Pierson’s wife, Jen sent a Facebook message to Britton Edwards, asking if she was Britton McDaniel, and stating she had something that belonged to her.  It turned out she was, and after 22 years, the bottle was returned. Edwards commented it was fortunate that she had an unusual first name, making it easier to find her.

“I had completely forgotten about the bottle,” stated Edwards, “When she began reading the message, it all came back to me.”

The bottle, with the message written inside had been thrown in the Rappahannock River by 12 year old Edwards at Waterview in 1994 where she was vacationing with her family.  She said her cousin was with her but merely as an observer.  Interestingly enough, Whelan’s Marina, where the bottle was found was upstream from Waterview.

As many stories as there are about messages in a bottle being thrown into the water, the question remains, what kind of person actually carries it out?  Edwards stated she had a happy childhood, minus many of the trappings such as dolls and dressing up girls often grow up with.  As a child, she was more interested in bugs and animals and digging in the dirt.  Because of her love of animals and nature, she was often found in pet shops and ….

Read more in the February 3 edition of the Northern Neck News.