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Sometimes you hear crazy stories of people buying things at thrift stores that turn out to be worth millions of dollars, but this is something even more special than that.

15 years ago, Dr. John Dusseau went to bookstore in LaBelle and bought a set of the “World’s Best Short Stories” from 1927. Earlier this year, he was looking at one of them and found his mother’s maiden name inside.

Dusseau told NBC2, “It was a total shock. I thought it was a joke at first and looked around to see if someone was setting me up… it defies all logic and statistics. I know she never lived anywhere other than Toledo, Ohio. So the mystery is how her collection of books went from Toledo, Ohio to a mountain of books in LaBelle and how did I come across this and just randomly pick this up?”

He may never get an answer to that question, as his mom passed away years ago and the bookstore is now closed.

He says the books aren’t worth anything, but that they’re the most precious thing he owns.

Marija was born and raised in Illinois, but moved to Florida in 2018 with a stop in between in the coldest place on the planet, Fargo, ND. She loves dogs, kayaking, concerts, day drinking and is always planning her next vacation. Follow her on IG @marija127 and TikTok @marijakrock