Woman’s cher­ished neck­lace con­tain­ing son’s re­mains found at Knoebels Amuse­ment Re­sort

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Fran­cis Scar­cella

“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.”

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