A wallet was returned to a local man after nearly 20 years. As YNN's Jim Gibbons tells us, a cave exploration is to thank for the return.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Nearly two decades after a man was lost in a cave near the Black River in Watertown, the wallet he left behind was returned to him.
Joseph Sweet never thought he would see his wallet again after him and another man got lots in the cave. Their flashlights died, and they were stuck for almost 24 hours.
Years later, a group of men were asked to explore that same cave and map out passageways for people to explore. During the process, they uncovered Sweet's wallet. Using the information inside, they were able to track him down.
"I had no idea that that was going to come back to me, you know that someone would find that in there, I didn't think that anyone would ever go back in there, they had it sealed off, so that was the furthest thing from my mind you know," said Sweet.
Sweet found his learners permit, bank and library cards, a video store frequent shoppers tag, and the remnants of a dollar bill.