Police searching for stolen package containing a widow's quilt

1:16 PM, Jul 28, 2013   |    comments
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Polk County, Florida -- Deputies are asking for the public's help in recovering a package filled with a woman's mementos of her husband. 

Sometime on Monday, July 15 a package was dropped off at the front door of a home on Flatfish Drive in Davenport. 

While the package was worth approximately $200.00, the sentimental value far exceeds this amount. 

The package contained a handmade quilt made from mementos, photos and pieces of material taken from the clothing a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. 

The items used to create the quilt were collected by the soldier's widow. The couple was married seven months when the young bride learned of her husband's death. She collected wedding photos and pieces of his uniform and sent them to Wisconsin where someone worked for months to create the quilt. 

"Our deputies have canvased the area and used K-9s in an effort to locate this priceless treasure," said Sheriff Grady Judd.  "Handmade items are truly special, and this item represented a hero's happiest time with his new bride, and his ultimate sacrifice to America.  Please contact us immediately if you know anything about this investigation.  Help us get this treasure back home where it belongs." 

The suspect who took the package must have realized the contents would only be of value to the person it was delivered to and deputies believe the quilt may have been discarded. 

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863.298.6200.

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