Oklahoma woman finds box at Lake Overholser filled with someone’s personal documents, dating from 1930s to 1990s


OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A metro woman found a box at Lake Overholser with someone’s life documents, dating back to the 1930s. 

“It was just there on the rocks,” Adrina Wann said. “I think [someone] mis-threw it because it was sitting right there by the lake.”

She said she was shocked when she saw it was filled with old documents.

“Wow. Wow, like, ‘Wow, how could somebody keep all of it just all this old?’ It’s just really old,” she said.

The name on the papers is Dorris, and she had multiple last names, including Moore and Potter.

Marriage certificates and divorce papers are inside the box. The earliest marriage certificate is from 1934. 

Wann admired one from 1938 the most.

“It just blew my mind. It literally blew my mind as beautiful as it was,” she said.

There are also all sorts of insurance papers, even two empty jewelry boxes.

“The boxes, they’re just empty. They came that way. Beautiful boxes, really old actually,” Wann said.

The documents go from the 1930s to 1990s.

“It kind of makes me feel so bad, because I don’t like to go through it. The only reason I went through is to find somebody’s name. I feel like it’s going through somebody’s underwear drawer – it’s private, it’s personal,” Wann said.

Wann asked KFOR to help her get the documents back to Dorris’ family.

“We’ve been trying to find somebody to help us locate these people,” she said.

KFOR was able to get ahold of Dorris’ daughter. She did not want to do an interview, but said she was not aware of the box. She says Dorris passed away in 1999, and that she was a great mother and is missed.

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