Message in a bottle penned by Roseville resident

Family in Alaska hopes to find writer
By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Placer Herald and Press Tribune editor
-A +A


A message in a bottle found on the shores of an island in Alaska was written by a girl from Roseville, and the Boy Scout who found the note would like to also find its author.

Steven Locke, 12, lives in Kodiak, Alaska. His Boy Scout troop helps out on Alaska’s Long Island each year, picking up garbage along the beach. Last year, on Labor Day weekend, Steven discovered a glass bottle with a waterlogged piece of paper in it.

“Hi, my name is Abby,” the note reads, illustrated with a stick-figure drawing of a girl with pigtails. “I live in Roseville, CA. Bye!”

The note is dated July 26, 2012.

“I think it would be kind of cool to figure out who put the note out there, and just to tell them that it was found in Alaska,” said Steven, who keeps the note hanging in his room.

“We thought it would be interesting to try to tell the story and find out what made this girl throw the letter in there,” said Steven’s dad, Michael Locke, who serves in the Coast Guard.

Curious as to where exactly Roseville is, the Lockes called family members Kerry and Donna Wilson, who live in Newcastle. They were surprised to learn just how close the city is to where their aunt and uncle live.

“We though this was kind of cool,” Kerry Wilson said. “That so far away – and it’s a time zone earlier than ours even – that he would find this bottle along the shore.”

Steven’s mom, Barbara, said it’s really not that surprising that something like this would happen to her son, as “things just fall into his lap.” In fact, she said, Steven’s Scoutmaster said, “This has got to be the luckiest kid on the planet!” when he said that Steven had found an actual message in a bottle.

Michael Locke said he guesses the girl was in Alaska when she wrote the note, as the jet stream comes down from Alaska to California, not the other way. But, he added, you never know.

“Was she on Kodiak Island when she threw this? … Was she in L.A.? Was she in Seattle? Who knows?”

If any readers know who the mystery letter writer is, they are encouraged to call the Press Tribune at (916) 774-7955 or email