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Grieving Tacoma mom pleads for return of stolen memorial car

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A grieving mother already dealing with the pain of losing her baby boy is now devastated after her car was stolen last weekend. It wasn’t just Lindsey Othmer’s transportation; it was a mobile memorial to little Isaac Nunes’ memory. He accidentally choked to death two months ago.
Lindsey says pictures, videos and any reminder of Isaac have helped this family cope. It’s why Isaac’s dad, Jimi Nunes, turned his Honda Civic into a moving memorial for their son.
“A lot of people deal with things in their own way and that car was how he dealt with our son’s passing,” said Othmer.
Last Saturday morning, Othmer said someone stole the car from their apartment on South Highland Avenue with everything inside, including Isaac’s first binky, his bear and the baseball hat he wore to his first Tacoma Rainiers game.
“That car is more than material value; it is sentimental value to me, to my son and to his father,” said Othmer. It’s why she’s pleading to get the dark Green 1996 Honda Civic Coupe back along with the angel wings and a halo surrounded by the words “In Loving Memory Isaac Matthew Nunes.” It has Washington license plate AYW9753.
“Whoever it was, if it was just one person, just give it back,” said Othmer. “It’s more to us what it is to you.”
Othmer said the car doesn’t bring Isaac back, but it helps keep his memory alive. “We lost our child and then you’re going to take more stuff from us, as if what we’ve lost isn’t already enough,” said Othmer.
If you spot the car or know who took it, call Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County at 1 (800) 222-TIPS. All calls are anonymous and there is a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. This is one of the cases featured Friday night on “Washington’s Most Wanted” at 11 p.m. on Q13 FOX.