Elmo Doll Missing Doll Returns to Mom 10 Years After Son's Death

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Elmo Doll Missing Doll Returns to Mom 10 Years After Son's Death

 

Tennessee mom Candy Scarborough finally reunited with her son’s Elmo doll more than 12 years after the toy went missing after a photoshoot, reports Rachel DeSantis of celebrity and human interest website People. 

According to Candy, Tucker Howard died at age 3 1/2 in 2009 and his stuffed toy, lovingly called “Melmo,” was attached to him at the hip. The stuffed toy was right by Tucker’s side as he underwent surgery “on several heart defects.”  The Elmo toy was a hand-me-down from his older sister. Candy notes that her son’s Elmo was one of the things he “could respond to.” 

 

Photo Credit: Candy Scarborough lbclc on Facebook (via People)

 

Tucker and his precious Elmo stuffed toy even posed for a photoshoot at a local J.C. Penney portrait studio in 2007. Unfortunately, Elmo was accidentally left behind! Candy recounts that she could not “just go to the store” and purchase a new one because the stuffed animal was “old and scruffy.” “I think I ultimately ended up finding one maybe on eBay to try and replace it. I called the studio and whoever answered said that they didn’t have it, so I just gave up on that,” she adds. 

Candy spotted a picture of her son with his Elmo “sitting in her mother’s wallet on a shopping trip.” Tucker, then 2, is seen happily posing with his toy Elmo on a Sesame Street stoop. Candy took a photo of it and posted it on Facebook in July. Candy’s friend and former J.C. Penney portrait studio Megan Flannagan recognized the image. 

 

Photo Credit: Candy Scarborough lbclc on Facebook (via People)

 

Flannagan messaged Candy explaining that she found the Elmo doll at the portrait studio. The studio permitted Flannagan to take the Elmo doll with her when she left Penney’s. Since then, she has been using the stuffed animal to make other kids smile during photoshoots. Candy picked up Elmo from Flannagan’s porch. Overwhelmed with emotion, Candy says, “I just couldn’t help but smile. I guess it’s almost like a piece of my son was coming back to visit. I’ve said that it was almost like a message.”

 

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