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27-year-old message in a bottle found during Texas park cleanup

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Members of the Keep La Marque Beautiful Commission said they removed more than 400 pounds of trash during their Coffee & Cleanup event at Highland Bayou Park.

July 20 (News) — A group that removed more than 400 pounds of trash from a Texas park found something special among the trash — a message in a bottle that was released 27 years earlier.

Competitor Terry Pettijohn said he was cleaning up the coast when he found the message in a bottle.

“I’m walking along the shore there and saw the bottle,” Pettijohn told KRIV-TV. “It was buried about halfway. I said, ‘You know, I think we have a note in the bottle.'”

The message in the bottle contained two phone numbers, but both were out of service. Group members searched the four signatures on Facebook and were able to contact Brian Standefer, one of the authors of the message.

“I had to look twice at the piece of cardboard,” says Standefer. “[I thought] This is my phone number. This is my handwriting. That’s my signature.”

Standefer said he and three friends were 10 years old in 1995 when they released the bottle about two miles from where it was found.

Standefer said he remained close friends with the other three news writers, but one of them died about a year and a half ago.

“It gives me goosebumps. He had something to do with it, he shone down and said everything will be fine,” he said.

The city of La Marque said in a Facebook post that the bottle has survived “several hurricanes and countless storms” in the time since it was launched.

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