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Ryan Reynolds Offers $5,000 Reward For Woman's Stolen Stuffed Bear

Ryan Reynolds Offers $5,000 Reward For Woman's Stolen Stuffed Bear

Actor Ryan Reynolds has offered a CA $5,000 (£2,900) reward for the return of someone's stuffed teddy bear after it was stolen from the back of a moving van in Canada.

Deadpool star Reynolds had seen news circulating about the toy, which turned out to have huge sentimental value for its owner, a 28-year-old woman called Mara Soriano.

Soriano's mother Marilyn Soriano sadly died last year, but shortly after she went into a hospice, her voice had been recorded and placed inside a custom Build-a-Bear stuffed toy, saying: "I love you I'm proud of you, I'll always be with you."

However, the teddy disappeared when Soriano and her fiancé were unloading a U-Haul van in Vancouver last Friday (24 July). She had been distracted after receiving a call from a friend who had been coming over to help, but had been hit by a work van not far away.


Retweeting a tweet from CBC reporter Deborah Goble, which said the bear was in a backpack when it was stolen along with an iPad, Reynolds said: "Vancouver: $5,000 to anyone who returns this bear to Mara. Zero questions asked. I think we all need this bear to come home."

Soriano's 53-year-old mum, who had cancer, had recorded the message when she went into a hospice.

The bag was only unattended for a few minutes, but in that short time it went missing - along with her cherished stuffed animal.


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"Lo and behold on the security footage, this guy was seen looking around, making sure nobody was looking first," Soriano told the CBC.


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"And he just took the bag and ran."

She continued: "At hospice her voice was different. Much softer. Not the mom I grew up with.

"That bear is the last memory I have of her speaking in her normal voice. She said that she loved me and she was proud of me and that she'll always be with me."

Credit: Mara Soriano
Credit: Mara Soriano

Along with the bear and the iPad, Soriano's bag also contained important documents including a book of blank cheques, her citizenship card, her and her fiance's passports, and social insurance cards, along with a Nintendo Switch.

However, Soriano isn't bothered about getting any of her other belongings back; she just wants the bear.

"It just makes me feel devastated," she said. "I'm absolutely crushed."

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Topics: World News, Entertainment, Celebrity, News, Ryan Reynolds, Canada

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]