But what she described as a “one in a million” find saw her found.
The 23-year-old said: “I was really at a loss for words.”
Connie, from Caterham, Surrey, her boyfriend Tayler, her brother and her girlfriend visited the beach on Sunday August 9th.
Sitting across from the East Beach Café, the group spent the day soaking up the sun, swimming and paddling. It wasn’t until the evening, while they were packing, that Connie noticed that her Pandora bracelet was not around her wrist.
She said: “I was really freaked out so we started to separate all the bags to try to find where they had gone.
“We took a look around the beach but the tide had risen very high so we thought it had broken out into the sea.”
Connie got the bracelet last summer while in Amsterdam with a friend, and the charms represented her love of travel and her graduation in 2018.
Her parents suggested posting on Littlehampton’s Facebook groups, which have gained traction, with beach search offers. Connie also reported the bracelet missing to Littlehampton Police Station, and an officer said the chances of it being returned were very slim.
But on September 3, the call came from the station – a mother was on the beach with her son, who had dug up the bracelet, and the police would mail it to her. Although she was buried for weeks, she was in great condition when she picked her up, Connie said.
Since they did not leave a name, Connie made a point of thanking the couple via the paper. She said: “They are really kind and honest people, and I hope kindness and kindness will come their way as well.”
She added: “Littlehampton is clearly a community where people look out for each other; it’s so refreshing to see.
Connie and Tayler got lucky, after their missing cat, Sparkle, was found unharmed in the engine of the neighbor’s car.
She said, “I’m going to have to buy a scratch card!”