Valley family searching for missing 50-year-old cane

PHOENIX - A Valley family is desperately trying to locate a family heirloom that went missing back in May.

Eighty-year-old Wanda Cook lost her cane back on May 25 while shopping at the Fry's Shopping Center near 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home in north Phoenix. She was putting something in the trunk of her vehicle, but when she turned around her cane was gone.

But this is no ordinary cane.

Her son, David, wrote in to ABC15 and explained the history behind this handcrafted family item.

David said the cane has been in the family for nearly 50 years, almost to the day. In fact, the date July 18, 1963 has even been carved into the handle of the cane.

David said his mother is "90 percent sure of the July 18, and 100 percent of the '63," in his email to ABC15.

The cane was made from a tree, David said, that apparently had a vine wrapped around it for many years. His mother's uncle crafted the wood into a cane, featuring the vine.

The family is offering a $250 reward. If you've seen it, contact ABC15 at and we will put you in touch with the family.



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