Polk deputies search for stolen military quilt - WFLA News Channel 8

Polk deputies search for stolen military quilt

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POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies are asking for your help in a mail theft investigation.

Sometime on Monday, July 15, 2013, a postal package was dropped off at the front door of a Flatfish Drive residence in Davenport. Before the owner could collect it, the package and its contents were removed by an unknown person.

The package has an estimated monetary value of approximately $200.00, however, the sentimental value far exceeds this amount.

The packaged contained a handmade quilt made from mementos, photos and pieces of material taken from a decorated soldier's clothing who had been killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

The items used to create the quilt had been collected by the soldier's widow in hopes of keeping her husband's memory alive. The couple had been married for only seven months when the young bride learned of her husband's death. She collected wedding photos and pieces of his military uniforms and sent them to a contact in Wisconsin who had worked for months to carefully create the priceless 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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