Japan tsunami victim asks Aberdeen to keep watch for his items

ABERDEEN, Wash. -- It may be a post office miracle -- a postcard from Japan recently arrived in Aberdeen at the office of Mayor Bill Simpson. It's from the town of Sapporo, where a victim of the March 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami is now living with relatives.

The 77-year-old man was asking for help finding things the tsunami swept away.

"Well I am the aged 77 one who lost my collected survey accounts, library cards...," Simpson read from the letter. He says the man was asking to keep watch for several things.

"Whether it is letters he had saved, jewelry or watches or whatever the case may be," Simpson said.

Simpson wrote back explaining Aberdeen isn't on the ocean -- it's about 20 miles inland, but he wanted to help and alerted the towns of Westport and Ocean Shores.

"I've been on the beach, I've been looking to see if I can see things that might be identifiable as tsunami debris," said Ocean Shores Police Chief Mike Styner. "I haven't found any myself, but there has been stuff found on the north beach."

Late Wednesday, we learned the missing items include prepaid book accounts perhaps worth several hundred dollars.

"Definitely could be a needle in a haystack," Styner said. "Stranger things have happened."

Very few people have seen anything so far, but locals say the storms start in October and that's when something could wash up from the Pacific Ocean.