Vancouver woman's sentimental teddy bear returned safe and sound

Vancouver woman's sentimental teddy bear returned safe and sound

The stolen teddy bear Ryan Reynolds offered a $5,000 reward for has been found and safely returned.

Mara told The Canadian Press that her mother's voice would later change because of the cancer, and "that bear was basically the last reminder of the mom that I knew - it was her voice that I remembered growing up".

Soriano squeezed the bear's paw, heard the sound of her mother's voice and cried.

For now, Soriano said Build-A-Bear has reached out to her and offered to replace the bear using a video recording she made on Mother's Day. Canadian celebrities, including Ryan Reynolds and Dan Levy, who Soriano called instrumental in the reunion, also took to twitter to congratulate her. She was 53, and had spent the last weeks of her life in a hospice.

It was put together at Build-A-Bear and featured glasses and a jacket like the ones she used to wear.

Soriano says she got an email last night from someone who said they had the bear and wanted to return it to her and met up with two people at a safe location.

"A lovely recording of her saying that she loved me and that she was proud of me and that she would be with me wherever I was", Soriano had told NEWS 1130 about the bear, which her mother gave to her for Christmas in 2017.

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But for the next few days, she said she's going to carry Mama Bear around.

Soriano said she checked countless alleys and dumpsters in Vancouver's West End.

The bear went missing while the woman was in the middle of moving.

The Good Samaritans told Soriano they saw security footage she had posted online, recognized the person seen taking the backpack containing the bear and got it back from him, she said. She lost her mother to cancer a year ago. "It says, 'I love you'".

'I just really want to find my bear. The bag contained many valuables, but the most important was a teddy bear containing a final recorded message from Soriano's mom who died of cancer in 2019.

"It's hard to let it go".

'It was just absolutely crushing to me that that was the one thing that was stolen from us, ' Soriano said.

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