Mara Soriano’s mother, Marilyn Soriano, 53, died on June 29, 2019 after battling cancer. Mara Soriano said her mother gave her the bear, which includes a voice-recorded message, shortly before she passed away.
In a tweet Wednesday, Soriano said the bear had been returned to him by two good Samaritans “without a scratch on his” and the voice box intact. The only thing missing were the bear glasses, a replica of the ones his mother wore.
“It honestly means everything to me,” Soriano said. “There was a part of me that I thought I would never see again, for sure. It’s a big city, there were so many places it could have been, it was like trying to find a needle in a barn.”
“Now that I have her (the bear), I just feel a little more hopeful and a little brighter,” she said. “Every time I look at this bear now it’s just a reminder that my mother is always with me always, that she will always come back to me.”
According to the CBC, security footage of Soriano’s apartment building revealed a man carrying the bag with his valuables. The men who returned his bear told Soriano that they found him in a nearby park.
Soriano spoke to Reynolds on Wednesday and said he collected the reward money from the men who found the bear. He said he is in contact with Stroumboulopoulos and Kraft Peanut Butter to get the Good Samaritans their full reward.