Fallen soldier's mom searches for missing truck with distinct license plates
MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- The mother of a fallen soldier is on a desperate search to find her missing truck that was stolen from her Marysville home.
"This was him at 4 years old wearing his dad’s flak vest and helmet. ‘Cause he wanted to be in the military all his whole life," Donna Woods said while looking at photos of her son Jake.
Vivid memories, photos, and a few keepsakes are all Woods has of him.
In 2009, she lost Jake to suicide just a couple of years after he joined the U.S. Army, she said. He was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
"He went to Afghanistan, they made him a gunner, and he came home from Afghanistan, bought himself a fancy sports car and then 6 weeks later killed himself," Woods said.
The state of New Mexico, where Woods lived at the time, issued her permanent Gold Star license plates. The plates are issued to close relatives of military men and women who’ve lost their lives in service to our country.
Sometime this past weekend, someone stole Woods’s truck - complete with the Gold Star license plates - as it sat parked in front of her Marysville home, she said.
"I looked up and down the street thinking ‘Well, maybe I parked it somewhere else.' Because I have neighbors that have a lot of friends that come over and visit and sometimes they park in my space. And so I’ll park across the street or down a little ways," Woods told KOMO News. "I stepped out a little further and looked both directions and no truck. Yeah, it still hasn’t really sunk in yet totally."
Woods has already filed a report with the Marysville Police Department, she said.
On top of the distinct license plates, she said her maroon 2003 Chevy Silverado HD 2500 Duramax diesel truck had no tail gate, a blue nylon web net on the back, tinted windows, a tool box, and a fallen soldiers symbol on the rear passenger side window.
The truck was her main source of transportation.
"I want the people that took the truck to be caught and I want them to be punished," Woods said.
Woods doesn’t care why they did what they did.
She just wants one of the closest memories of her son back.
"If the truck ran over a cliff and it was disintegrated, I would want the plates. I need the plates," Woods said. "Because it’s one of the last connections to my son."