Pirate’s treasure was on 5-year-old Ryder Goggin’s mind when he went for a stroll on the beach – instead he uncovered a decades old mystery in a bottle.

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Image source: Facebook

The New York Daily News reports that Ryder was out for a walk on New Year’s Eve, which happens to also be his fifth birthday, when he found a 28-year-old message in a bottle:

“Hi my name is Chris,” the letter reads. “I am 10 years old and in the 5th grade. I live in Sacramento. Call me when you find this to let me know where it washed ashore. September 5th, 1988.”

The family excited by the discovery, Ryder’s mum, Heather Baird, rang the number, but unsurprisingly it was disconnected.

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Image source: Instagram

A ‘treasure hunt’ then ensued as mother and son worked together to find the owner of the message.

Researching the owners of the phone number, the family initially found that it belonged to a Cliff Farnsworth in 1981.  They then found that the number belonged to another person in 1988 – however that person had died a while ago.

Speaking with The New York Daily News, Heather said, “I think it would be great to find Chris and find out where he put the bottle in the water,” she continued, “It’s a romantic story of a Sacramento child and his curiosity, now in the hands of a boy at Jug Handle Reserve in Mendocino County. I hope we find out really good things about how his life went.”

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  • How interesting… that really is a treasure and an exciting investigation. Good luck with it!


  • awww what a great thing – lets hope the message and its sender get reunited!!


  • Love the thought behind this message in the bottle – such a wonderful find.


  • What an awesome story. I hope they find him


  • How cool is that. I hope they manage to find Chris and that we get to hear about it!


  • Drat’s now I am left wondering the outcome ..do hope it does have a happy ending though.


  • I hope they find him, it would be such a delight remembering and seeing it finally washed ashore


  • It’s a lovely story. I hope they will find Chris!! He’s 38 years old now. I think he’d be so happy to find out what happened to his message in the bottle!!

    • It would be lovely if there was a follow up story with an outcome.


  • It would be nice to find out whatever happened to Chris.


  • wow that is amazing hey! i can’t believe that it lasted all this time! goes to show that there must be a lot of old rubbish in the ocean.


  • How cool would it be if they were able to find and contact the person who wrote this.
    I hope they do find him.


  • I hope they do manage to find the original message writer (and that it ends up a happy story).


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