Woman’s cherished necklace containing son’s remains found at Knoebels Amusement Resort
“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. The staff has been amazing to our family.”
SUNBURY — A Sunbury woman swimming at Knoebels Amusement Resort lost a heartshaped necklace that holds partial remains of her 24-year-old son, who died of a drug overdose in 2016.
Paula Morales, mother of Dylan Weikel, who died in July 2, 2016, went swimming at Knoebels, 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
— Paula Morales, mother of Dylan Weikel, who died in July 2, 2016
the area around her vehicle and inside the park, then went back the next day with a metal detector and the help of Knoebels staff, but 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.”
“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.”
Morales’ pleas were answered and her anxiety calmed Tuesday when a woman from York reported that she found the necklace, according to WNEP. Morales told WNEP that the woman said her 14-year-old daughter had found the necklace in a parking lot at Knoebels, put it in their car and forgotten about it.
Knoebels spokeswoman Stacy Ososkie said everyone at the park worked 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.”