Kristen Shaulis was driving from Illinois to her new home in Alaska when she made a pit stop at an Everett hotel on Thursday.
Shaulis, who is moving to Alaska for a nursing job, planned to stay just one night at the Best Western Cascadia Inn, located at 2800 Pacific Avenue, but she discovered her U-Haul and mini van missing on Thursday morning.
"I was in a panic. I panicked because that's my whole life," Shaulis said on Thursday. "My whole life was in that van - or in the U-Haul - everything was in there from my move."
The U-Haul was loaded with her most personal belongings -- quilts, antiques and sewing materials. The items were from her mother who died 13 years ago.
At about 2 p.m. On Friday, someone called the police to report an abandoned U-Haul in a Lynnwood neighborhood near Filbert Rd. The truck's license plates had been replaced, but Snohomish County Sheriff's deputies determined the U-Haul was the same one stolen Thursday in Everett.
It's unclear what, if anything, was stolen from the truck.
The thieves also stole Shaulis' Chrysler Town and Country van and a dolly trailer. Police found the van and dolly several blocks away from the U-Haul.
Everett police are working with Shaulis to return any of her property still inside. Detectives are also working leads along with physical evidence from the scene.