SUNBURY— A Sunbury woman is seeking help in finding a heart-shaped necklace that holds partial remains of her 24-year old son, who lost his life to a drug overdose in 2016.
Paula Morales, mother of Dylan Weikel, who died in July 2, 2016, after battling a drug addiction, went swimming at Knoebels Amusement Resort, near Elysburg, with her grandchildren — her son's two children — on Friday, and when they loaded the car to leave for the day she realized her cherished necklace was missing.
"I took it earlier and I packed it in a storage area of a stroller," Morales said. "When we were leaving and folding the stroller up and turned it upside down I realized it was missing."
She said her family searched the area around her vehicle and inside the park, but it started to get dark and it was not found, she said.
She went back the next day with a metal detector and had the help of Knoebels staff, but again the group had no luck.
Morales then took to social media, pleading for any information from anyone who may have been at the park or may have picked up the necklace.
Her post on Facebook has been viewed and shared more than 20,000 times.
"I was notified Saturday Knoebels had scuba divers search the pool and they had employees make a line and searched the parking lot before opening," Morales said. "The staff has been amazing to our family."
Weikel wanted to recover from his addiction, his mother said, adding that all she has left is the necklace and memories.
"To someone who may have found it, they would not realize it contains the ashes of my child," she said. "It is a sick feeling that part of his remains are out of my possession."
Knoebels spokesperson Stacy Ososkie said everyone at the park is working to help find the necklace.
"We had taken measures in addition to managing our lost and found items when this was reported," she said. "We spent the last two days searching before the facility was open and at closing. When this first came in, we had our security team conduct a search of the parking lot with spotlights. There are so many great people in the world and we are hopeful this will turn up for the family."
Morales said she is offering a reward for the return of the necklace, and anyone with information or who might have found it can call her directly at 570-556-6669.