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Devastated mom pleads for return of her lost son's stolen trailer

Devastated mom pleads for return of her lost son's stolen trailer
Joni Ward says the stolen trailer was was filled with her dead son's photos, clothes, books and other personal mementos. She was saving them for her grandson.
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ORTING, Wash. - When someone stole a trailer filled with precious mementos and memories of a lost son, the victims were heartbroken.

They put up signs along the road - with a plea to return something that is irreplaceable ... and precious. But after receiving no information, they shared their story with the KOMO Problem Solvers

Now relatives hope that sharing their story might bring those momentos and memories back home.

Jordan Hulsing died 3 1/2 years ago in a motorcycle accident. His mother says he was kind and loving - and his young son, Hunter, was his life.

Now Jordan's mother, Joni Ward, struggles with a fresh wound. Earlier this month, somebody stole her son's 21-foot travel trailer from behind a relative's home.

The trailer was filled with his photos, clothes, books and other personal mementos.

"Not much value, they're not valuable, but they're valuable, priceless to us," says Joni. "Devastated - it's hard to go on."

The family was keeping them for Jordan's son Hunter, who is now 10 years old.

"For my grandson, it's the little things," says Joni. "The shaving kit that Jordan used the last day he was alive, that I set aside so that when Hunter starts to shave he can shave."

After going to the police, after going door-to-door, after putting up those signs - this mom reached out to the Problem Solvers for help.

"Somebody has to have seen something or know something - or maybe a friend knows that this has happened," says Joni.

She believes the more people who learn about this - the greater chance somebody might call in a tip. And perhaps they might return a father's mementos to young Hunter.

"It's the only thing he gets to have, that he gets to inherit - and they're treasures," she says.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for the tip that solves this crime.

The missing travel trailer is a 2006 Salem, mostly white with blue and maroon graphics. There's a square receiver hitch on the back bumper.
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