It’s a reunion 14 years in the making. A purse, lost in 2002, is now back in the hands of its owner.

Lisa Hall Mazzaglia says it all started with a visit from a Seabrook Police officer.

"He said Seabrook police have your pocketbook, which was confusing to me because my pocketbook was in the kitchen," Mazzaglia said.

She explained to the officer it must have been a mistake, and even joked with the officer about losing a pocketbook years ago.

"We laughed and said, well, that would be quite a story if that was it."

But eventually, she went to the police department to check it out.

"Lo and behold, the officer walked out and said, do you recognize this? And that was the pocketbook that had been stolen from me 14 years ago."

It turns out, an employee at Market Basket recently found the purse in a trash bin and turned it into the police. Amazingly, almost everything from 14 years ago was still inside – including her old cell phone, a pager, and even some undeveloped film.

"Everything is there!" she said. "With the exception of a large amount of cash – they missed a few dollars – but everything is there basically as it was 14 years ago." It was kind of like receiving a little time capsule."

Mazzaglia says someone took the purse right before Christmas in 2002 while she was packing gifts in her car to donate to a family in need.

Now, she says she’s just thankful for the good Samaritan who helped get it back to her.

"It’s nice that this many years later it turned around because someone was kind enough to turn it in and I got something back," she said.

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