TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — When Pamela Martini saw the tiny silver locket, engraved with the most important dates in a person’s life, it took her breath away. She found the locket, which has ashes inside, on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Walmart on Gunn Highway in Tampa.
Wednesday, the owner of the lost locket saw 8 On Your Side’s story. The ashes belong to Suzie Germain’s late husband.
Germain says a family member saw the story on News Channel 8. “My sister-in-law in Dade City called me and asked me did I lose my necklace and I said ‘Yes, how’d you know?'” Germain said.
“I don’t even think it was on the news five minutes and someone was paging me that I had a phone call so it was that quick,” Martini said.
As a longtime Walmart employee who works in customer service, Martini is used to helping people and treating them with kindness. When she found the locket, her heart immediately went out to the person who lost it.
“It’s totally sentimental,” Martini told News Channel 8. “For me, I know how important it would be. If it was mine, I’d be devastated. I want to get it back to the right person.”
Martini was on a mission to return this precious piece of the past. The personalized pendant is engraved and contains the ashes of “John” who was born in 1956 and died in 2013. The locket is also engraved with the message, “Always in my heart.”
So she researched the name and dates online. She’s shared the story on Facebook and she’s talked to Walmart customers. That’s when she contacted 8 On Your Side, hoping to get help in sharing the story to solve the case of the lost locket.
Germain said her husband died unexpectedly three years ago, leaving behind his wife and 10-year-old daughter.