Message in a bottle discovered after 36 years

Natasha Abellard

A message placed in a bottle has finally been found after 36 years in the ocean.

On June 10, 1981 in Florida's Fernandina Beach, Douglas Stephens sent a message in a glass bottle requesting just one thing: that the person who finds it contacts him to let him know.

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In mid-June this year, Ryan Burchett found himself gifted with that task.

While fishing with his friends and family at Little St. Simon's Island in Southern Georgia, Burchett found the bottle on the shore.

After finding that Stephen's was no longer at the address listed in his message, Burchett went to a local shop, Southeast Adventure Outfitters, for help.

The business used Facebook to help track Stephens down.

Burchett found Stephens in Acworth, Georgia, a city not too far from Atlanta.

For all those who doubted the powers of the ocean, don't.