Oct 25, 2016 9:48 AM

Message in a bottle returned to daughter of NH family that sent it 5 decades ago

HAMPTON - More than five decades after it was found on the shores of Turks and Caicos, a message in a bottle has been returned to the daughter of the N.H. family that wrote it.

Paul and Tina Tsiatsios owned the Beachcomber Motel in Hampton when they sent a message in a bottle back in the 1970s, according to Clint Buffington who found it buried in the sand. He told NH1 News that the note said "Return to 419 Ocean Blvd. and receive a reward of $150 from Tina, owner of the Beachcomber."

"After Paul and Tina passed away, (their daughter) Paula took over running the motel," Buffington said. "It has since closed, but she kept it open as long as she could after hearing of the message in a bottle - she said it felt like a sign from her parents to keep going."

Pierce’s father had written the note as a joke and cast it into the Atlantic Ocean.

Buffington flew to New Hampshire on Monday to deliver the message to Pierce. She made good on the promised reward.

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