Sarah Beth Vaughn, 10, and two others put letters in individual Ziploc bags and tied each individual bag to six balloons at her little brother Hudson’s birthday party on February 11, and released them to the discretion of the wind.
“The letters where sent just for fun,” said Jesse Vaughn, Sarah’s father. “Each one had a signed letter from the kids and told (anyone finding the letter) to contact me.”
Then, after a strange turn of events, the letter was found on July 4 after a mild earthquake shook the grounds of Central Georgia on the previous day.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake registered as a 2.7 on the Richter scale.
Wesley Williams, six years old, and Drue Williams, nine years old, along with their father located the epicenter of the earthquake, which was near their property in Hancock County.
“Our dad used a GPS to help us make our way back through the woods and find the exact location of the epicenter, and there sat your letter,” the Williams family said.
Vaughn said the Williams family found the letter and had to piece it back together, because of its condition. After they did they made out what they could of the address and Googled it, which led them to Vaughn’s office.
“I was excited someone found it, because I thought no one would find it, and it would be in nowheresville,” Sarah said.
Vaughn said he remembered doing an activity like this when he was a kid in school, and he thought it would occupy the kids at the birthday party. They just used the excess material they had from the party, and released the letters in the open field behind the Gordon Chambers Resource Center.
Vaughn and the Williams family both said the letter may have not been found if it wasn’t for the earthquake, and according to Vaughn no one has contacted him about the other letters yet.
“Just think, right below where your letter was found was the center of an earthquake that could be felt for miles and miles,” the Williams family said.