Letters from 1800s found among stolen items in California

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (AP) - Detectives are searching for the rightful owners of letters dating back to the 1800s and other old items found among what they say were heaps of stolen property in a California storage unit.
 
Sacramento County sheriff's officials say the memorabilia includes an edition of Vermont's Rutland Herald newspaper published in 1945, reporting the death of Adolf Hitler. A 1963 Sacramento Bee newspaper announces the death of President John Kennedy.
 
The Bee reported Saturday that handwritten letters from the 19th century were among the stash.
 
Sgt. Shaun Hampton says he's never seen items so old during an investigation. He says the department is hoping to get the pieces to the owners, so they're not stored in a sheriff's evidence locker.
 
Authorities didn't say what led detectives to the storage unit.

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