Diver finds man’s stolen property in Wisconsin river 1 1/2 years later

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A diver in a Wisconsin river found some sunken treasure when he surfaced with a box of valuable jewelry that had been stolen from another man’s home a year and a half earlier.

Ed Bieber said he was looking for trash and other sunken items at the bottom of the Menominee River when he found a pillow case containing a pair of heavy metal boxes.

Bieber, who posted a video of his discovery to his Ed the Diver YouTube channel, found one of the boxes was filled with laminated newspaper obituaries and the other with several hundred dollars’ worth of jewelry.

Bieber said a friend recognized the family from the obituaries and suggested he contact Marinette resident Gary Edwards, who confirmed the boxes had been stolen from his home during a break-in about a year and a half earlier.

“I thought everything was gone and forgotten,” Edwards told WGBA-TV. “And luckily, he got in contact with me as the good guy he is.”

Bieber said he was happy to be able to reunite someone with their lost property.

“I could’ve brought it to the pawn shop and said ‘how much can you give me for this?'” he said. “This is worth $400, $600. I could’ve done that and I think a lot of people would. But it feels good just to be able to give back to the community.”