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Wallet returned to woman 30 years later

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KINGSTON, Ont.—Lee Lacourse thumbed through her stained and faded 30-year-old grey leather clutch wallet, stumbling over memories.

“There’s a picture there that I couldn’t replace,” she said, pointing to a sepia-toned snapshot of her brother’s wedding party.

“There’s my mother and father.”

She finds a dark yellow claim check for Patton’s cleaners and reads a caution on the stub.

“Not responsible for articles left over 30 days,” said Lacourse, 63, laughing at the thought of calling about the item today.

The claim check, and the wallet, had been lost to her for roughly 30 years—until a phone call from city police Cst. Mike Menor.

After roughly a year of dogged work by staff in the police department’s property stores, Menor was able to locate Lacourse.

He called to tell her that police had the wallet that Lacourse lost three decades ago.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Lacourse said yesterday.

She recalls visiting a friend and losing her wallet jammed with identification, credit cards, and some cash.

“I knew that all my credit cards were in it,” Lacourse said. “That’s the only thing that really bothered me.”

She replaced all of the cards and most of the vital documents.

About a year ago, workers were renovating the house.

“They pulled the bathtub out and there was the wallet, sitting there,” said Menor.

Although it appeared weathered, the wallet was in excellent condition and still was stuffed with identification, although the money was gone.

The documents bore the name Lee MacHardy, Lacourse’s maiden name, and Lee Wood, from her first marriage.

She remarried several years ago.

“It wasn’t easy tracking her down,” Menor said.

Lacourse said she won’t trust these memories to another wallet.

“I’m going to frame it all, especially the pictures,” she noted.

The small plastic sleeves also contained another rare snapshot, a red-and-white Woolco credit card, and a stack of video rental store membership cards for a slew of shops that no longer exist, including some that rented beta tapes.

Lacourse said she won’t trust these memories to another wallet.

“I’m going to frame it all, especially the pictures,” she noted.

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