Mystery solved! owner of 96-year-old bible left at Henrico restaurant found

Posted at 11:34 PM, Mar 13, 2019

Update: thanks to your many tips sent in to CBS 6, the owner of the bible has been located and contacted.  

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- The manager of a West End restaurant hopes you can help find the owner of a bible left in his establishment. Ruben Navarette said the tattered bible was found in a gallon Ziploc bag, on a chair in the bathroom of Azzuro Restaurant, located at 6221 River Road, sometime last October.

"I wrote a date on it and stuck in the safe because I figured for a bible they’ll probably be back the next day," Navarette explained.

The name "Eleanor Pauline Dillard" was written in cursive above the date "December 25, 1923."

"You don’t want to touch it because you’re afraid you may break it -- it’s so fragile," Navarette stated.

Navarette said searches of the name and date were unsuccessful.

"With our reservation system we can search up names and I tried searching that name up. I knew there would be a slim chance I'd be able to find any information on it and unfortunately I couldn’t," he said.

A small bookmark with a picture of Jesus Christ was also found between pages 808 and 809.

Navarette hoped reaching out to CBS 6 would help return the book to its owner.

"I think it was an honest mistake. I think someone forgot they left it here or forgot they brought it here," Navarette said.

He added, "It definitely belongs to someone’s family and I'm sure it has a lot of sentimental value to them."

If you have any information that can help reunite the book with its owner, you're asked to call Azzuro Restaurant at 804-282-1509.

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