The following post was made by the Washington County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday morning.
"As many of you have now read, we have identified the rightful owner of the doll and will be making arrangements to get it returned as soon as possible. We would like to thank Pat Blasingame, who turned the doll into the Fraternal Order of Police T-shirt tent located at the intersection of Dickson and West. We would also like to thank everyone for getting this message out. This post was shared over 12,000 times and seen by over 647,000 people in less than 24 hours. Finally we would like to thank Sergeant First Class Jacob Carter, the soldier on the doll, for his service to our county. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and all of the men and women who serve in our armed forces."
ORIGINAL STORY (Sept. 23, 2013):
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - Police are hoping to reunite a doll lost during Bikes, Blues & BBQ with its rightful owner.
In the chaos of the rally someone turned in a lost doll, but it's more than a misplaced toy.
“It has an image of a father who may be deployed overseas,” says Sgt. Craig Stout of the Fayetteville Police Department. “It's something you give a child while they're gone just to kind of fill that void, so they can still have that connection with the parent.”
An officer recognized the “Daddy Doll” for what it was, but with hundreds of thousands of people in town over the weekend a reunion won't be easy.
“They could be anywhere in the country,” Stout says. “I know that if this was my child, I'd want to get that back to them."
The department posted a picture on its Facebook page Monday morning, and by 5 p.m. it was shared more than 7,000 times and viewed by more than 300,000 people. Stout says it proves the power of social media, and he isn’t surprised by the response.
“Most people can place themselves in the position of that family member, if they’re the parent of this child who is probably very emotionally distraught over having lost this doll,” he says.
If you have any information about the owner, please contact Sgt. Stout at 479-587-3580.