Letter returned to Michigan woman after 45 years

Associated Press
U.S. Postal Service stamps are displayed on May 10, 2017 in San Anselmo, California.

Grand Rapids – A Michigan woman who wrote a letter to her family in 1974 has been reunited with the tattered note after it was finally delivered to the home where her family lived years ago.

Mary Vaughan Brady of Grand Rapids received the letter Thursday, WOOD-TV reported.

When the worn and stained letter turned up in his mailbox, the man who now lives at the home, Evan Koons, turned to Facebook to find the rightful recipient. He quickly found Brady and personally delivered the letter.

“It’s amazing that you found me,” Brady said when he arrived at her home.

A note from the U.S. Postal Service was attached to the letter, apologizing for the damage. There was no explanation for the delayed delivery.

Brady said she was 19 when she penned the letter while backpacking in Europe. She’d just graduated from a local community college and was set to be married later that year, so she decided to embark on a trip with a friend.

“I’d never seen a mountain at that point,” she said. “Never been on a plane ride, never stayed in a hotel, anything.”

Brady said she didn’t call her parents or siblings during the nine-week trip, but instead wrote them letters chronicling what she experienced.

Brady said the letter’s discovery has helped her reflect on the trip, even though it was so long ago.

The Postal Service left a note with the overdue letter in a plastic bag.

“Dear Postal Customer, we sincerely regret the damage to your mail by the Postal Service,” the note said. “We hope this incident did not inconvenience you.”