AUBURN -- It looked like a crumpled up piece of garbage in the parking lot of Local Heroes Burgers in Auburn.
Lisa Swisley, the owner of the burger shop said, "I was out back. A customer found the balloon and asked us to throw it away. We looked at it, and saw the writing."
In fact, it was a message from a young girl to her father who passed away.
"I looked her up and found that she went to a school in So Cal. So I knew it came a long way," Swisley added.
435 miles to be precise, from Southern California, where a high school Junior named Ashlynn writes "Dear Dad... I love and miss you like crazy... I go to Whittier High School now... I made varsity [softball] and there's this great guy I met, Bryant."
Swisley connected with Ashlynn on Facebook to tell her the balloon arrived safely in Auburn, just where it was meant to be.
"It has touched a lot of people, by the thought that there could be a sign from someone not here on Earth," she concluded.
Hear from Ashlynn herself below: