British expat has missing wallet returned after 18 years

Published:  8 Dec at 2 PM
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UK expat Colin Mendoza got an almighty shock when police in Switzerland contacted him to say they had his missing wallet and passport – 18 years after he lost them on a train in the country.

Mendoza fell asleep on a train journey from Zurich Airport to Geneva in 1996, and didn’t realise he had left his wallet on board until after getting off. He immediately reported that it was missing to police, before having to get a new passport as well as cancelling credit cards and ordering new ones.

However, nearly two decades later, Mendoza, who now lives in Connecticut, USA, received an email from police in the Swiss Alps town of Chur informing him that they had his wallet, which still contained his passport, driving licence, expired credit cards and receipts.

A police officer told him that someone found the wallet in a shopping centre in Chur, a small town more than four hours’ drive from Geneva and took it to the local police station. The officer was able to find Mendoza’s LinkedIn profile and from there got a hold of his email address.

Mendoza said that it was weird that it was found in a supermarket with everything still inside it. He added the wallet - a present from his wife - was still in good condition, joking that he couldn’t remember if there was any money in it at the time but that there wasn’t any more.
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