Ten Years Later, Lost Purse Shows Up Intact in Blueberry Hill Bathroom Ceiling

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Photos by Lindsay Toler
Rose Martelli Lorre's ten-year-gone purse, including all her credit cards, keys and phone.
Someone hid Rose Martelli's purse in the drop ceiling of the women's bathroom in Blueberry Hill's Elvis Room. It was such a good hiding place that staff only found the purse last week, ten years (almost to the day) later.

And Martelli -- now Rose Lorre, 39, a freelance writer living in Montreal -- says one thing's for sure: She's not the one who put it there.

Did phones ever really look like this?
"I remember losing it, I remember how upset I was," Lorre says. The purse was one of her favorites. "I remember being very mad that it was that bag because how are you ever going to replace a fucking Swiss army bag?"

A New Jersey native, she was hanging out with other St. Louis transplants at Blueberry Hill ("In retrospect, we were mostly bound by alcohol," she remembers) when the purse went missing.

"Maybe someone stole cash and stashed it? Or someone was just fucking pranking me, which pisses me off," she says. "I don't ever expect to find out."

See also: St. Louis Woman Gets Back Lost Cash In New York City After Social Media Push

The purse feels like an unintended time capsule. A receipt shows she filled her car with gas for $1.50 per gallon. Her ID and credit cards (all there) expired years ago. Her car keys are grimy.

Her phone looks downright ancient.

There was no cash in the red woven wallet, which is now warped after ten years pressed into the ceiling.

"Quite frankly, if there was cash in there, they're welcome to it," Lorre said. "I got pretty drunk at Blueberry Hill. I probably spent most of it. I called the credit-card company. No one was using the credit cards, which is the main thing you have to worry about."

How did Lorre learn her bag had been found? Find out after the jump!

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Blueberry Hill

6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO

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Gary Greenlee
Gary Greenlee

Or maybe some type of recording device!!!!: + )

Gary Greenlee
Gary Greenlee

Was there any so called "Evidence DNA" linking anyone tpo it???LOL!!!!

Kathleen Krueger
Kathleen Krueger

Written by one of my former students! Lindsay Toler, you're everywhere !

Roger Gast
Roger Gast

maybe she forgot where she hid it has anyone gotten a hold of her??

Tony Loquasto
Tony Loquasto

someone has a browser history that needs to be deleted

Ash Eff
Ash Eff

Yeah, but those ads cater to YOUR browsing patterns.

Carol Toler
Carol Toler

Wonder if they found my brown jacket from 1981...

John Rhine
John Rhine

Maybe Chuck Berry hid it there while he was putting up cameras??

bill.streeter topcommenter

I miss Rose's awesomely snarky restaurant reviews. One of my favorite RFT writers ever. Glad to hear she's doing well and living in Canada. 

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