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Apr 29, 2013 4:23 PM

Corbin Woman Pleads To Have Bench Taken From Son's Gravesite Returned

A Corbin woman who lost her son in 2006 has now become the victim of a thief after she says a says a bench that sat by his headstone has been stolen.

Visiting the grave site of her son, Alonzo, is the only way Jodie Nelson can spend time with him. "I'm heartbroken," she said.

Alonzo Nelson passed away after a long stay at UK Hospital. While on a lawn mower in 2006, Jodie says he was hit by a truck, and his injuries too great to overcome. "(He was) exactly 18 years, 9 months, and 26 days (old) when he took his last breath."

The bench that was a gift to the family and a reminder of how much Alonzo loved hunting squirrels was stolen last Monday from Corinth cemetery in Corbin. "It's like we're reliving the moment that he died," she said. "It's just bringing that fresh, raw emotion back."

Jodie says she could care less about the person or people responsible, she just wants the keepsake back. "You could bring it back overnight," she said. "You can call and say you just found it. I mean, I'll pay you the reward. Just contact me."

Nelson is offering a $100 reward for the return of the bench unharmed, no questions asked. Please call 606-528-2351 or 606-521-3491, and if there is no answer, please leave a message.

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