Quilt made of deceased soldier's clothing, wedding mementos stolen from Davenport widow's home

Quilt may have been discarded

DAVENPORT, Fla. - A package stolen from the front door of a Davenport home has an estimated monetary value of $200, but is priceless to the soldier's widow who lives there.

Before the homeowner, the widow of a soldier killed in 2009 during the War in Afghanistan, could collect it Monday, it was stolen by an unknown person from the Flatfish Drive home.

The package contained precious cargo: a handmade quilt made from mementos, photos and pieces of her husband's clothing. She had collected the items in hopes of keeping his memory alive, after losing her husband to the war a mere seven months into their marriage.

She had collected wedding photos and pieces of his military uniforms, and sent them to Wisconsin, where a person worked for months to create the priceless quilt.

"Our deputies have canvassed the area and used K-9s in an effort to locate this priceless treasure," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.

Deputies believe the suspect who took the package likely realized the contents had no street value and the quilt may have been discarded. It has not been found.

"Handmade items are truly special, and this item represented a hero's happiest time with his new bride, and his ultimate sacrifice to America."

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

The theft victim has not been identified.

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