Avalon Theater Construction Workers Reunite Lost Wallet to Owner After 37 Years
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Construction crews at the Avalon Theater stumbled upon an amazing discovery while removing portions of the wall earlier this week - A wallet in great condition that appeared to be from the 1970s.
With the help of several pieces of identification still intact inside the wallet, city officials were able to get in touch with the owner, who still happens to live in Grand Junction.
On Thursday, Mayor Susuras reunited the owner, Kokseang Bou, with the wallet in front of the Avalon theater.
Bou and the construction workers that found the wallet exchanged stories and theories on how the wallet may have gotten stuck behind the wall.
"It was neat to actually be able to meet him and see that picture of him when he was younger and see him several years later," said Jolene Evans, one of the construction workers that discovered the wallet.
While no one knows for sure what happened, some construction workers believe someone took money from Bou's wallet, then tossed the wallet into a small crevice between the drywall and the side of the historic building.
Bou remembers the night he lost the wallet remarkably well.
In 1976, Bou attended a movie at the theater with his nieces and nephews when he believes his wallet fell out of his pocket.
He says that other than the missing $40, the rest of his items were still there and in relatively good shape.
"At least they didn't take my social security card and everything out," said Bou. "That's more important than the money."