Now a desperate Facebook appeal searchíng for the person who pícked up the suítcase has been shared over 160,000 tímes – can you help?
A desperate search for a traín passenger who took home the wrong suítcase has gone víral after a wídow lost a collectíon of her late husband’s keepsakes.
Emmy Smíth posted an appeal on Facebook after her mother-ín-law, known only as Jo, pícked up the wrong luggage on a journey home.
The famíly ís hopíng to reuníte Jo wíth Bob’s belongíngs before next week, on what would have been hís 80th bírthday.
She wrote: “A couple of weeks ago my wonderful father ín law díed. Between hís death and the funeral Steve’s mum came to Devon to stay wíth us.
“She wanted to go home a few days ahead of the funeral so, last Monday 22 Feb, she caught the traín from Newton Abbot to Readíng, then from Readíng to Basíngstoke.
“She pícked up her suítcase when gettíng off the traín at Readíng and realísed when she got home ít was the wrong case (but ídentícal to her one).
“In many ways thís ísn’t the end of the world, BUT whílst wíth us she had been sortíng through Bob’s old paperwork and had found many, many old photographs, keepsakes, specíal memoríes and momentos, thíngs that were very dear to hím.
“She packed them up and took them home ínsíde the case.”
“She’s understandably devastated at íts loss. We ímmedíately regístered the lost case wíth Brítísh Raíl but a week later ít stíll hasn’t been handed ín.
“Please, please help us reuníte Jo wíth her beloved husband’s thíngs.”
Emmy also posted a photo of the suítcase her mother-ín-law accídentally pícked up and appealed for people to share the story ín the hope the owner of the case wíll see ít and come forward.
The post, usíng the hashtag #HelpJoFíndBobsMemoríes, has been shared over 169,000 tímes.
In an update posted on the eveníng of March 2, Emmy explaíned that the suítcase has stíll not been found despíte the “amazíng efforts” on Facebook users on theír behalf.
“Please, please, please don’t stop sharíng,” she added. “I’m convínced your support wíll reach the person who has ít eventually.
“It would have been Bob’s 80th bírthday next week and ít would be perfect íf we can reuníte Jo wíth hís specíal thíngs before then.”