Last Friday, Shelly Brown, of Del City, Oklahoma, realized some heartbreaking news: her Honda had been stolen right from her driveway.
Of course, this would be bad news for anyone—a car is a crucial and hugely expensive thing to lose. But for Shelly, it wasn’t so much about the car than what was in it.
Shelly had kept a small vial attached to the rear-view mirror with the ashes of her late son.
Her SUV and the cleaning supplies inside could all be replaced. But the vial couldn’t—and it was one of the few things Shelly had to remember her child.
“That’s what I have left of my son,” an emotional Shelly told KOCO 5 News.
Just when she thought all hope was lost, something miraculous happened.
Days later, Shelly spotted a familiar sight rolling down the street in front of her: the same model Honda CR-V that had been taken from her.
“I thought no, that’s not my car—can’t be,” she recalled to KOCO 5 News.
It could’ve been a coincidence. But on instinct, and faced with the possibility of being reclaiming her precious memento, she jumped to action—and followed the car.
She trailed it to a dead end. When she got out, she inspected the vehicle—the driver was nowhere to be found.
But the familiar items confirmed it: the cleaning products, the vial of ashes still hanging from the mirror.
It was her car.
She contacted the neighbors, a tow truck driver and the police, and soon the car was rightfully returned to her driveway.
There was reportedly some mild damage to the front of the car and steering wheel. But of course, that wasn’t much of a concern for Shelly, who was just happy to have the ashes back.
“That right there is worth more than any money that could ever be given to me,” Brown told KOCO.
But lesson learned: she’s keeping the vial in the house from now on instead of the car.