Along the way, Tonya thought that she’d pick up some trash – at which point she saw a glass bottle. “I picked [the bottle] up, thinking it might look nice on display in my home,” she subsequently wrote on her husband’s blog. “And when I got back to the car, I handed it to my son’s girlfriend, Bree Del Borrello.”
The bottle had no cap, and Del Borrello spied what she presumed was a cigarette inside. When she turned the bottle over, however, a rolled-up piece of paper fell out. And as this item was tied up with string and too wet to open up without tearing, Del Borrello decided to keep it safe until the family were back at the Illmans’ home, where they could dry the note out in an oven.
Del Borrello subsequently revealed on Kym’s blog, “There was a lot of anticipation among the party as to what the ‘message in a bottle’ might say.” Then, once the paper was dry enough to be handled safely, it was unrolled and examined by the group. The first thing to become obvious was that the object was extremely old.