It was a strange place for Pete Priestman to find a wallet but even more strange that the rightful owner of the wallet shares his birthday.
Priestman, 55, from Williams Lake, B.C, was camping in the back country east of Cotton Wood House on the Barkerville Highway in the North Caribou region, when he stumbled across a wallet linked to Red Deer in the back bush trails on Saturday.
The logging area, he says, is popular for ATVing and off-roading.
Laying in the middle of the path was the wallet belonging to Neil E. Hamilton of Red Deer.
When Priestman made it home on Sunday he tried to contact the owner of the wallet, which contains credit cards, a Social Insurance Card, current driver’s licence, which was recently issued, and an old licence from Ontario.
“I had my wallet stolen a couple years ago so I know what that kind of nightmare this can be,” Priestman said.
“My initial thought was to try to get a hold of the guy to see if he wanted it back. I have only met one other person in my whole life that had the same birthday as me.”
Priestman says he is trying to contact Hamilton because the wallet contains valuable information.
“Identify theft is just so common. All the stuff you need for assuming an identify is in here,” he said.
He has not been able to contact the owner of the wallet.
Priestman can be contacted at 1-250-398-8076.