Corpus Christi Police Department Reunites Toddler with Lost “Stuffed” Friend

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A San Antonio, Texas 2-year-old boy lost his best friend “Dit-Dee” while on vacation in Corpus Christi. When his stuffed kangaroo friend didn’t make the return trip home, the boy’s parents contacted the Corpus Christi Police.

The police department’s quick actions led to a happy reunion.

In response, the Corpus Christi Police put out an “A.P.B.” for Alexander’s lost companion on Facebook April 11. A day later, there was positive news for the boy.

His stuffed animal friend was found on Padre Island at a shop called Ocean Treasures. Cashier, Lisa Force, remembered seeing the Kangaroo in a lost and found bin and contacted the department.

Officer Kirk Stowers made sure “Dit-Dee” would make it back to the boy fast. The local shop, Isle Mail, paid it forward by mailing the kangaroo first class for free.

The original Facebook post by the Corpus Christi Police Department is below:

Maybe you can help Alexander from San Antonio?

We got a message on Facebook about a lost friend on State Highway 361 on Padre Island and we want to help reunite these two life long friends.

The message on Facebook is:

“Please help Dit’dee find his way home!

My sons’ clumsy Kangaroo took an unfortunate trip out of the truck window while traveling home this morning from vacation.

“Dit’dee” has been part of our family since my son was born, and they never leave each others’ side.

When our son told us what happened it was far too late to turn around. His window was open between the Hampton Inn and Suites on 361 and the Ocean Treasures shop where Hwy 361 meets 358.

This Kanga is well loved with fresh stitches, and the dirt that only a toddler could share with his most special friend.

I have included the map of where Dit’Dee could be. We left the hotel in the direction toward the gift shop.”

Lia Sestric

Lia Sestric

With a broadcast news career that spans more than a decade, Lia Sestric has had the opportunity to cover local and national news for television and radio. Most recently, Lia was a reporter for ABC News 4 in Charleston. She has been freelance writing for a number of years, writing frequently about higher education & careers, health care, and finance. Her work has appeared on major sites like GoBankingRates, Yahoo, MSN, The Huffington Post,,, eHow, and many other news outlets.
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