NORMAN, Okla. – The trip from Springfield, Missouri to Texas was already going to be a somber one for Shawn and Jennifer Kemp.
The family was making the journey to Grandbury, Texas to attend a funeral, but they lost something irreplaceable along the way, KFOR reports.
“It’s not just an urn,” Jennifer told the Norman Transcript. “He’s in there. That’s all I have on this Earth of him. We travel with him, we take him with us when we leave the house because you take your kids with you when you leave. So, it’s been pretty rough.”
The couple’s son, Thade, died shortly after birth and his ashes were put in a blue, heart-shaped urn. It’s only about three inches across, but it means the world to the family.
The couple said they left Springfield on Thursday morning before stopping in Tulsa for gas. They ate lunch in Norman at the Taco Bell on 24th Ave. N.W. and then continued south to Ardmore, according to the Transcript.
They said they are not sure when Thade’s ashes went missing, but they realized they weren’t in their bag when they got home last Saturday.
Kemp posted an image of Thade’s urn to Facebook asking for help.
With more than 25,000 shares on Facebook, Kemp said she was certain she would be reunited with Thade’s ashes.
Over the Labor Day weekend, Thade’s ashes were found.
Jennifer Kemp posted to Facebook, saying two little girls playing hide-and-seek in a hotel room found the urn tucked away in the corner of a hotel room.