A surprise message left in the walls of a home leads to a widespread search for the previous homeowners.

Twitter holds a treasure trove of unusual tales from around the world, and while some days spent knocking about in the Twitterverse are seemingly ordinary, with users sharing photos of their cats watching video games or dogs eating cash, other days come with exciting stories of mystery, and today was one of those days.

The mysterious story that’s got everyone talking online at the moment comes from @alexmonney, a resident of California’s San Jose, who tweeted a photo, saying it was sent to him by the contractor helping them remodel their bathroom.

The original tweet has since been deleted, but the image that was tweeted can still be found online:


As the image shows, the owners have stumbled upon a message written by the previous occupants of the house, which reads: “Hi! We’re the Shinseki’s! (sic) We remodelled this bathroom summer 1995. If you’re reading this, that means you’re remodelling the bathroom again. What’s wrong with the way we did it?!?!” The attached photo shows a young Asian couple, and given that Shinseki is a Japanese surname, it’s likely the couple has Japanese ancestry.

Even more intriguing is the photo beneath it, which shows a black rabbit, alongside a message that reads, “Hi! I’m Cassie the bunny rabbit. I lived here too! (I’m potty trained!)” Next to that is a speech bubble that says, “I’m going to be the next Cadbury Bunny.

The sweet discovery initially left the owners, and their Twitter followers, with a lot of unanswered questions. The first mystery that needed solving was the question of “Who are the Shinsekis and where are they now?

Twitter was quick to act, with hundreds of suggestions coming in from people who thought they might have found the mystery couple. One of the most popular suggestions was that it might be Eric Shinseki, a retired U.S. Army general who was the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs from 2009–2014, and his wife, Patricia.


After some heated debate and intense discussion about the difference in facial features though, other suggestions followed, until finally this tweet appeared.

The current owner of the house replied with this message.


As it turns out, the Twitter gods were smiling on the Monneys, as it looks like they may have solved the mystery of the couple in the walls. As we wait to hear more information about the Californian reverend’s younger brother and his reaction to the bathroom remodelling, another important question remains: “What happened to the bunny?” Twitter followers are attempting to tie up the loose threads on that mystery with some creative suggestions of their own.


If you think you’ve spotted Cassie the bunny rabbit enjoying life somewhere like a potty-trained boss, let us know in the comments section below! And if you’re looking for another tale of a mystery solved with the power of Twitter, look no further than the story of Bleach creator Tite Kubo, who was able to track down the family of a fan who’d sent him a letter without a return address. But you’ll need to get out the tissues for that one!

Source, featured image: Twitter/@alexmonney