Hazel Green woman reaches out for help locating missing family heirloom

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This is a picture of a chest that is almost identical to the missing chest. The actual chest is a Lane Waterfall Cedar chest with crayon marks on the inside. The top wood pattern is also a little bit different.

HAZEL GREEN, Ala . – A beloved mother passes away, then a treasured family heirloom – lost. One woman is asking for the public’s help finding the special item after it was sold without her knowledge.

WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to get answers in Hazel Green.

“She loved to laughed, she was always trying to be funny and always trying to get people to laugh. She was a good person. A very forgiving soul,” Kim Sweeton said.

On Jan. 1, Kim’s mother passed away. A few days later, she learned her mother’s treasured cedar chest had been sold without her knowledge. Kim said someone she knew had taken it to Valley Bike Sales and sold it. The owner of Valley Bike Sales sold it at a flea market in Jackson County.

“And I’m trying desperately to get it back,” Kim said.

The chest was a gift from Kim’s father to her mother in the 1950s.

“It’s part of mamma, part of my grandma, part of my daddy. It’s just part of home growing up and it’s just something that’s missing that’s broken my heart finding out it’s gone,” she said.

Kim doesn’t have a photo of the original cedar chest – but it looks almost identical to the one pictured. She says wood on the lid instead has a horizontal pattern. There also might be crayon marks inside the chest.

“Now that she’s gone, it’s not so much the items that were in there, but it’s that the cedar chest meant a lot to her. It’s just something II’d like to have back,” Kim said.

If you have any idea where this chest might be, you can contact Kim or Tony Sweeton at (256) 693 – 1286

Kim says she’s willing to buy it back, so one day she can pass on to her own daughter.