Ryan Reynolds revealed on Wednesday that the stolen Build-A-Bear habit, which contained a voice recording of his mother’s message before her death, had been found and returned.
“In happier news … thank you to everyone who searched high and low. Thank you to the person who married the bear for keeping her safe. Vancouver is amazing. “FoundMarasBear,” he wrote on Twitter.
Reynolds, 43, previously offered the bear a $ 5,000 reward.
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Efforts to find “Mama Bear”; in Canada have increased thanks to a local reporter and midfielder with a $ 5,000 promise of “no questions” who returned the teddy bear. After four days, 28-year-old Mara Soriano met a plush monument, which is said to be in “perfect condition”.
“He’s home,” Soriano told the CBC late Tuesday at the meeting. “I didn’t think she would come back, but she did.”
Soriano said she checked countless alleys and dumpers in Vancouver’s West End. Only when she received a message from an alien who claimed to have information about the disappearance did she begin to hope for a safe return of the bear.
“Of course, I jumped on it because it was lead,” she said.
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“I called [CBC News reporter] Deborah Goble, because it was the person who broke the story, and without this I couldn’t do it, so I wanted her there too. Plus, she’s an adult, and I wanted to make sure everyone was safe. “
“The bear was brought to the CBC, which was a safe meeting place … and we did.”
Soriano said she put down the backpack containing the bear while she went to her friend, who called her with an explanation that he had been hit by a van while riding a bicycle to help Soriano and her fiancée move the apartment.
That was when Soriano said she had forgotten where she had stored the bag and was picked up along with her iPad, an empty checkbook, Sorian’s green card, as well as her and her fiancé’s passports and social security cards.
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“It’s a reminder of home,” she said. “The bear has a message in Filipino. He says, ‘I love you,’ but in our language. It’s very specific and very unique.”
A surveillance video nearby captures a man capturing luggage as he walks around.
“They set her free,” Soriano said of the bear, which had been returned by two men who did not want to be identified by the drain.
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Soriano said she also gave the men a small amount of her own money as “collateral” until Reynolds’ promise was fulfilled. TV presenter George Stroumboulopoulos, another Canadian, said he would match that amount as well.
According to Sorian, she had her late mother’s voice recorded and placed in a bear after her mother left for hospice cancer treatment.
“In the hospice, her voice was different. Much softer. Not the mom I grew up with, “she told CBC. “The bear is the last memory of her speaking in her normal voice. She said she loved me and was proud of me and that she would always be with me. “
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Sorian’s mother died of cancer in June 2019.
Naledi Ushe of Fox News contributed to this report.