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Owner of teddy bear with recording of soldier deployed in Afghanistan found in California

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind.— The mystery surrounding a lost teddy bear has been solved.

Earlier this month, the Fields family of Indiana found a special bear at a garage sale that contained a recorded message to a child from a soldier in Afghanistan.

As a military family themselves, the Fields’ made it their mission to find the bear’s original owners.

They posted the bear’s picture on Facebook and the story quickly went viral.

Thousands of miles away, Paige Holguin saw the posting from her office in Los Angeles and recognized it as the one her late brother gave her niece more than eight years ago.

He was a veteran who battled PTSD and lost the bear when he was evicted from an apartment.

The bear has even more meaning to Holguin because her brother later lost his battle with his illness and took his own life.

“If you could see my hands, you’d know they’re shaking,” Holguin told Fox 59. “I thought, Oh My God, I thought that was lost years ago. To find out it’s in Indiana? Who knew?”

She’s now working with the Fields family to return the stuffed animal to its home and reunite it with her niece who is now 16 years old.