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Love letters stolen 40 years ago returned to Calif. couple

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. A couple who've been married for 70 years is rekindling their romance after a Good Samaritan returned their love letters, which had been stolen from them more than four decades ago.

Lloyd and Marion Michael told CBS station KCBS in Los Angeles that they had written the notes to each other to help keep their relationship strong when Lloyd went off to fight during World War II.

"I just lived for the day when the postman would bring a letter," Marion said. "You know, it was the only way we communicated. The only way we had any touch with each other."

But the hundreds of love letters were stolen from their home 40 years ago, during a robbery.

Recently, a man who said he was also a veteran telephoned Lloyd and said he had tracked him down through the military. He said he had something of Lloyd's that he would probably want. The two parties met up at a local In-N-Out fast food restaurant and he returned the letters, just before the couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on New Year's Eve.

"And the man told me, 'I knew these had to get back to where they belonged.' And they came home," Lloyd said.

The Michaels said they hope to re-read their love letters to each other every day.

"It just has been extremely emotional for both of us," Lloyd said.

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