Mara Soriano’s mother, 53-year-old Marilyn Soriano, died on June 29, 2019, after battling cancer. Mara Soriano said her mother gave her the bear, which includes a recorded message shortly before she passed.
On Twitter Wednesday, Soriano said the bear had been returned to her by two good Samaritans “without a scratch on it” and a voice box intact. The only thing missing were the bear’s glasses, a replica of the ones her mother wore.
“It means everything to me honestly,” Soriano said. “There was a part of me that thought I would never see her again. It must be a big city, there were so many places it could be, it was like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
“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 really is always with me, that she will always come back to me.”
Security guards from Soriano’s apartment building revealed a man picking up a bag packed with her valuables, according to the CBC. The men who returned her bear told Soriano that they had found her in a nearby park.
Soriano spoke with Reynolds on Wednesday and said he had presented the cash prizes to the men who found the bear. She said she was in contact with Stroumboulopoulos and Kraft Peanut Butter to get the good Samaritans their full reward.