The teddy bear that was stolen from a woman that Ryan Reynolds previously offered a $5,000 reward for has finally been returned.
The actor, 43, revealed this past Wednesday how the teddy bear containing the voice recording of a woman’s dead mother, had been returned.
“In happier news… thank you everyone who searched high and low. To the person who took the bear, thanks for keeping it safe. Vancouver is awesome. #FoundMarasBear,” Reynolds tweeted.
The bear, who belongs to Mara Soriano, had been stolen during a recent move in Canada while in a black backpack.
The woman received an email from someone late Tuesday night according to CTV News saying how they had the bear.
Soriano urged that she did not care about her stolen documents, as well as her passport, an iPad, or her Nintendo Switch as she just wanted to be reunited with the bear containing the last recording of her mother’s voice before losing her battle to cancer at 53 last year.
The voice recording says, “I love you, I’m proud of you, I’ll always be with you.”
Earlier in the week, Reynolds, who’s Canadian, retweeted a CBC TV news article about the bear, writing, “Vancouver: $5,000 to anyone who returns this bear to Mara. Zero questions asked. I think we all need this bear to come home.”
Soriano revealed how her mother’s voice changed and became softer after being admitted to hospice care.
The audio recording that was custom built into the Build-a-Bear was the very last recording she had of her mom before that change.
“She said that she loved me and she was proud of me and that she’ll always be with me,” she told CBC TV.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.