Diver finds message in a bottle from 1926 and reunites note with late writer's daughter

  • 10 Jul - 16 Jul, 2021
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While scuba diving in Michigan earlier this month, Jennifer Dowker found a treasure. A small, green glass bottle with a piece of paper rolled up inside was sitting at the bottom of the Cheboygan River - just underneath Dowker's glass-bottom boat. The note read: "Will the person who finds this bottle return this paper to George Morrow, Cheboygan, Michigan, and tell where it was found?" It was dated November 1926. Dowker – who runs a company that takes tourists on cruises and shipwreck tours in Cheboygan – told The Post that she immediately posted about the bottle on her company's Facebook page in hopes of finding someone who knew George. By the next morning, the post had gone viral. At the time of publication, the post has over 114,000 shares, nearly 4,000 comments, and 19,000 likes. A helpful internet stranger, René Szatkowski, found a way to get in contact with George's daughter, Michele Primeau, whom she found through George's online obituary. As it turns out, George sent the message off right around his 18th birthday. George died in 1995 of causes related to dementia, his daughter said. Although Dowker wanted to return the note to George's loved ones, Primeau said she decided that the note should stay with the person who discovered it.