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A heartbreaking note from a son saying goodbye to his mother is found 34 years later

Heartbreaking farewell note left behind by a troubled son, his doting mother hidden with a $ 50 note found under the floorboards of an old house three decades later – and what happened next will bring you to tears

  • The moving message was written in 1986 by Richie Carter, 20
  • Brody Robinson found the note pulling up a carpet in a Perth house
  • The handwritten note was accompanied by $ 50 as payment for plate
  • Mr. Robinson shared the message on social media and tracked down Mr. Carter’s sister
  • Do you know more? please contact tips@dailymail.com

A handwritten note from a son who said goodbye to his mother and apologized for burdening her with his troubles was buried 34 years later under the carpet of an old brick house.

The note, written by Richard ‘Richie’ Carter when he was 20, was discovered in a house in Langford, in south west Perth, Western Australia.

Forklift driver Brody Robinson, 25, found the heartbreaking gesture along with a $ 50 note saying “ PS: I left my board, ” when he moved into the rental house in Osten Drive last April.

The note, which has since been framed, was uncovered while ‘the old carpets were being pulled up’.

Mr Robinson shared a photo of the message, supposedly written in 1986, on social media on Tuesday.

A heartbreaking note from a son saying goodbye to his mother (pictured above) was discovered decades later in a house in Langford, south west Perth, last April.

A heartbreaking note from a son saying goodbye to his mother (pictured above) was discovered decades later in a house in Langford, south west Perth, last April.

Forklift driver Brody Robinson (pictured above) found the letter allegedly written in 1986 by the then 20-year-old Richie Carter. Richie also left his mother a $ 50 bill as a board payment

Forklift driver Brody Robinson (pictured above) found the letter allegedly written in 1986 by the then 20-year-old Richie Carter. Richie also left his mother a $ 50 bill as a board payment

Forklift driver Brody Robinson (pictured above) found the letter allegedly written in 1986 by the then 20-year-old Richie Carter. Richie also left his mother a $ 50 bill as a board payment

Mr. Robinson discovered the hidden note the day he moved to 2 Osten Drive. He'd picked up old carpets in the master bedroom (pictured above) at the front of the house

Mr. Robinson discovered the hidden note the day he moved to 2 Osten Drive. He'd picked up old carpets in the master bedroom (pictured above) at the front of the house

Mr. Robinson discovered the hidden note the day he moved to 2 Osten Drive. He’d picked up old carpets in the master bedroom (pictured above) at the front of the house

“Mom, I’ve made a decision to find out myself,” Richie’s message read.

“I’m sorry you’re not home, so I can say goodbye and I’m sorry to burden you with my problems.

‘I don’t know where I’m going, but I’ll be fine. I love you very much. Say goodbye to Anita. Love, Richie. PS I have left my board. ‘

Mr. Robinson found the letter the day he moved into the house with his ex-girlfriend Madison, who kept the note until last week.

“We were renovating the property in Langford and pulled up the carpet in the master bedroom when we found it,” he told Daily Mail Australia.

“My ex-girlfriend kept it, but I recently convinced her to sell it to me for $ 80 because I loved the story and the history behind it.”

The couple moved out of the house in March and it was demolished shortly after.

Richie’s sister, who did not mention Daily Mail Australia, responded to Mr Robinson’s post after it received more than 500 comments on Facebook.

“It’s a case of mixed feelings to see this, I recognized his writing right away,” she said.

Mr. Robinson's ex-girlfriend, Madison (pictured together), kept the letter when the couple moved in March 2020. He bought the letter from her for $ 80 and shared it on social media on Tuesday.

Mr. Robinson's ex-girlfriend, Madison (pictured together), kept the letter when the couple moved in March 2020. He bought the letter from her for $ 80 and shared it on social media on Tuesday.

Mr. Robinson’s ex-girlfriend, Madison (pictured together), kept the letter when the couple moved in March 2020. He bought the letter from her for $ 80 and shared it on social media on Tuesday.

Richie sadly passed away in 1990 and we miss him every day.

He was a Langford boy through and through and had some wonderful friends who, like us, were devastated when he died.

“Social media is fantastic and I may never have seen this without it, thanks for the genuine interest … RIP Richie … they are still talking about you bro.”

Mr. Robinson said he was ‘surprised’ by the huge response he received on Facebook and that it was ‘great’ to connect with Richie’s sister.

“She’s going to message me again in the next few days so I can hopefully get some more information about Richie,” he said.

“She hasn’t requested the letter back yet, but I kept it safe somewhere. If she wants it back, of course she can have it. ‘

Richie died just four years after writing the note and was only 24 years old.

He was buried in Fremantle Cemetery in 1990 and his mother, Winifred, was buried next to him in 2004.

Richie's sister thanked Mr. Robinson (pictured above) for his Facebook post sharing the note, saying she would never have seen the letter without social media

Richie's sister thanked Mr. Robinson (pictured above) for his Facebook post sharing the note, saying she would never have seen the letter without social media.

Richie’s sister thanked Mr. Robinson (pictured above) for his Facebook post sharing the note, saying she would never have seen the letter without social media.

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