Book discovered inside walls of home, homeowner returns memento missing almost 50 years

TAMPA, Fla - Jeanene Fisher couldn't believe what she found inside the walls of her bathroom. A  baby book filled with treasures, discovered after a plumber tore the walls looking for a leak.

"It has everything, his birth certificate, first haircut, notes from his mom," said Fisher.


She knew by the baby's birthday in 1959 it had to be the home's first owner.

"I knew too that have to be able to find this guy," she said. "It helped having his family three that is how I tracked him down."

She posted pictures on Facebook and got advice from a friend who's a private investigator.
Before she knew it she connected with the man who's history is detailed in the book.

ACTION NEWS was there when Robert Swindle drove in from Orlando.

Fisher walked him into the home he lived when he was only five years old and then she showed him a piece of his past.

"To get mementos, to get things that you thought were lost for eternity is kind of pretty cool," said Swindle.

Swindle said most everything when he was a child were lost to have this back is still hard to believe.

Fisher said also meant to be. She believes years ago the book fell from the attic and landed in a crevice in the walls.
If it had fallen just a few inches over, the book would have been destroyed by the leak

"It was meant for you to get it back," said Fisher.

"I am more emotional than I thought it would be," said Fisher. "I didn't even want to tell my mom until I saw it, to make sure it was mine. She's going to be overwhelmed."

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