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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (KABC) — It’s the stuff of legend: put a message in a bottle and toss it into the ocean. There’s no guarantee it’ll ever get anywhere, much less the person intended.

One “message in a bottle” has finally made it back home. While on board their yatch “El Cuervo” 36 years ago, Bill and Bonnie Mieras wrote down their coordinates and address, put it in a bottle and tossed it into the Pacific Ocean.

This week, their message made its way back to their daughter, Pam Spagnuolo of Victorville.

“If this bottle could talk, I’m sure there would be a lot of tales that it could tell,” said Spagnuolo.

Adrift for years, perhaps, no one knows where the bottle was eventually fished out of the sea. But for the past 20 years, it sat on a shelf in Louie Castillo’s home in Chino. He says he picked up the bottle in an antique store.

“There it was on the shelf, and I was looking at it, going, ‘Wow, it’s got a letter in it.’ I read it and I wanted to get it back to her,” said Castillo.

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