Suitcase Full Of Letters From The 1920s-1940s Found Inside Stolen Car In AZ

By Ginny Reese

February 18, 2021

High Angle View Of Letters Bundle Tied With String On White Background

A suitcase full of old letters was recently found in a stolen car in Arizona, reported ABC 15.

Most of the letters appear to be from the 1920s to 1940s, and are mostly addressed to a Tucson woman named Donna.

Decades later, after being found by police in a stolen vehicle, they will be sent to Donna's closest relative, 85-year-old Diane Brentlinger.

Brentlinger, Donna's niece in Indiana, was tracked down pretty quickly by using the power of social media. AZ DPS Spokesperson Sgt. David Ball stated, "Within 12 hours we had some leads."

Brentlinger told the news outlet, "I can't hardly wait. I was told they would be mailed today."

She says that Donna and her mother, who were sisters, had a very close relationship.

"My mother, her sister, were very close. I'm hoping I find some letters from my mother to her sister Donna, that would be really neat," she said.

Among the many letters were some from overseas during WWII, as well as clippings from before the war.

Sgt. Ball is glad the letters are being returned to a loved one. "We knew this clearly wouldn't be something a burglar would find any value in and probably why they were just thrown in the backseat of a vehicle," he said.

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