Man finally found owner of a purse left in his car 40 years ago!

Will Connor, 60, was a teenager when he met a girl on holiday in Wales. The girl forgot her purse in his car.

Mr. Connor went on to join the police and kept the purse for four decades, hoping one day to see

the girl he knew only as “Dabby” and give her back the purse.

And after finally cracking the case in 2015, he said: “It has closed the saga of 40 years of my life -

miracles do happen.” He said! Thanks to Facebook.

 

Unsolved case: Will Connor (left) and his friend Pat Bailey (right) met the mystery girl who forgot her purse in the car on a teenage camping trip to Barry Island in Wales 40 years ago

 

Unsolved case: Will Connor (left) and his friend Pat Bailey (right) met the mystery girl who forgot her

 

purse in the car on a teenage camping trip to Barry Island in Wales 40 years ago



 

Mr Connor, who became a police officer, finally tracked down the mystery blonde
Reunited: Mr Connor, who became a police officer, left, finally
 
tracked down the mystery blonde - revealed to be Karen
 
Owen, right, after he turned to Facebook to help with his
 
decades-long search


packed a tent into his new car and headed off for Wales

The story began in 1975, when a teenage Mr Connor with his best friend Pat Bailey.

 

 

'We were about 17 and I suppose we were hoping to meet

 

some girls,' Mr Connor recalled.

 

'On the last day, we met two girls from the Rhondda Valley,

 

who were staying in a nearby caravan park.

 

'We spent the day with them and then dropped them back at

 

their campsite.

'As we were driving back to ours, we realised that one of

 

them had left a small floral purse in the car, containing three paper one pound notes and a door key.'


 

 

She was revealed to be Karen Owen, found through Facebook

The duo immediately turned the car around and returned to the girls' campsite, but could not find their caravan.

 

'They told us they were leaving at the crack of dawn, so we got up at 5am and sat by the entrance to their campsite,' said Mr Connor, who revealed they had only one Paul McCartney tape in the car to keep them entertained during their long vigil.

'We waited for hours for them to go past, but we never saw them.'

Eventually, they were forced to give up - but Mr Connor did have a couple of clues to go on.

 

'I knew vaguely where she lived and worked, so I sealed the purse and key into an envelope and sent it to The Chip Shop in The Rhondda Valley.

'It came back to the post office two weeks later and it was then I realised that there was more than one chip shop there.'

 

 

Seaside: Barry Island has been a popular destination for holidaymakers for generations

 Seaside: Barry Island has been a popular destination for

holidaymakers for generations

 

But Mr Connor was not prepared to give up. The next time he found himself in Wales, he drove around all the chip shops in the area, but failed to find her.

 

'Pat sometimes asked why I didn't throw the purse away, but I couldn't bring myself to,' he said.

He even invested the money - and it is now worth £42.07.

 

The he decided to give it one last shot, turning to Facebook this week to look for Dabby.

But there was obviously no one by that name, so instead, he found a group called Rhonnda Our Valley and its members helped him trace her within 24 hours.

 

Dabby, whose real name is Karen Owen, wrote: 'Hi, I'm Dabby. It was my nickname at school and I'm still called it now by my old school friends. I worked in a fish shop.

'I think I remember we were staying in Fontygary and I remember having to cadge all week afterwards.'

 

She added: 'Just to put the record straight, I never did think it was stolen.'

 

Will is now hoping to send Dabby, who worked in Teds Supper Bar, her £42.07.

 

 

'I could not believe it. She told me she doesn't want the money back, but I intend to send it to her.'

 

The Metropolitan Police officer, of Twyford, Berkshire, added: 'It has closed the saga of 40 years

 

of my life - miracles do happen.' 
Source: Dailymail:

 

 

 

 

 

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