14 Years Later, They Found Her Purse

Julie Curry's lost bag turns up in the ceiling of a bank in Oklahoma
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2016 7:15 AM CST

In a case of better late than never, a purse that went missing more than a decade ago has been found in the ceiling of a bank in Oklahoma City. Now the bag is headed back to its owner, Julie Curry, who now lives in Cherokee, Kan., KFOR reports. Curry's husband, Bill Sipp, likens the discovery to a time capsule. "It will be interesting ... when it shows up," he says. A construction worker came across the purse while pushing a ceiling tile during an inspection at First National Bank, and a business card put him on the trail to Curry.

A court reporter at the time, Curry was in the building 14 years ago to meet with an attorney, as Sipp remembers it. He says his wife interacted with a hostile witness that day. Had they thought about the purse much during the intervening years? "No way," he says. "Out of sight, out of mind." Decorated with images of horses and dogs, the purse was symbolic of Curry and Sipp's shared pastime: "The couple used to fox-hunt with their dogs," a KFOR anchor says. "They'd chase coyotes on horseback." (More Oklahoma City stories.)

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