Wallet wonder: Man gets back item he lost 20 years ago

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ASHLAND, Ohio-- Lost more than 20 years ago, a Northeast Ohio man thought he would never see his wallet, or what was inside it, again.

With the help of some observant golf course employees and Facebook, this story has an outcome no one could have ever predicted.

In 1994-- then 24-year-old Kevin Gibson of Ashland-- was fresh out of the military and was enrolled at Ashland University. While at the Brookside Golf Course in Ashland, he lost his wallet.

"I remember riding in a golf cart through the golf course. After that, it was when I realized that I didn't have my wallet anymore. I remember thinking 'oh no, not again.' It was like the second or third time in my life that I had lost my wallet," Gibson said.

Now, two decades later, a maintenance crew out working spotted the wallet in the woods.

"We were over here picking up trash and I noticed something and picked it up. It was a wallet. There wasn't much wallet left, just the cards so we turned it into the pro shop," said head groundskeeper, Jim Willis.

Among the items contained in the wallet were a driver's license and college ID, dated from 1990.

"I said this is so cool that we found this. I think I'm going to put a note on my Facebook page, and that we found it and that it is about 20 years old. A friend of mine on Facebook came back and said 'I think I know the guy you are talking about,'" said Jim Howell, assistant manager of the Brookside Golf Pro Shop.

"A friend that I had went to school with saw the post, reached me through Facebook and told me that they had found a wallet with my name on some of the stuff inside of it," added Gibson.

Unbelievably, six hours after the original post, Kevin was found and he contacted the golf course.

"It was quite a surprise that day. It was good news. I think it's the last time I actually lost my wallet. So I'm kind of glad that it's the last time it happened," he added.

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