The tale of the mystery locket found in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean leads to a love story, albeit a brief one, in Fresno County.
On Monday afternoon, The Bee reported about a diver in Nassau, Bahamas, discovering the silver locket Saturday.
Inside the locket was the picture of a couple. Etched on the back were map coordinates that pointed to the intersection of Highway 41 and Elkhorn Avenue in Fresno County, south of Caruthers.
On Monday night, the diver, Bahamanian native Alec Packington, posted on his Facebook page: “Update! I found the woman in the locket! ... She is alive and well and the coordinates are where they first met!”
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The woman identified by Packington, Alison Webb of Sanger, said in an interview with Fresno television station KMPH that she bought the locket for her then-boyfriend earlier this year.
She said the ex-boyfriend, who wasn’t identified, was stationed at Lemoore Naval Air Base. Late last year, he was coming to pick her up for their first date when he had a minor car accident at that rural intersection. She came to pick him up.
In January, she bought him the locket, etched with the coordinates marking that spot.
She gave him the locket at his deployment, but their relationship soon fizzled.
“He’s been out at sea,” she told KMPH. “I’m not sure when they reached the Bahamas.”