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Lost and Found: 6-year-old girl reunited with lost military daddy doll that went missing at KCI

https://www.kmbc.com/article/lost-and-found-6-year-old-reunited-with-lost-military-daddy-doll/26937572

Airports are home to goodbyes and reunions. So, it was only fitting something lost was found Tuesday afternoon at Kansas City International Airport.

Dina Morley works as a valet at KCI, and Friday a customer walked up to her said she found a doll on the floor. The doll was a green and brown camouflage Huggs To Go Daddy military doll that featured a little girl and a man in a picture on the doll’s head.

“I kept it at valet services for a few days, hoping somebody would call about it or come back for it, but nobody did,” Morley said. “I just love her little smile. It’s cute. It’s very cute.”

The doll was still there Monday, so Morley and her friend, Heather Parsons, took to Facebook for help. They reached out to KMBC 9 News, and our Facebook post Monday evening about the lost doll received more than 5,000 shares in an hour.

“It kind of big time exploded,” Morley said.

A family friend saw the post and sent Morley a message saying she might know who it is. By Tuesday afternoon, a special reunion was taking place at KCI.

“Look at that big ol' smile,” Morley said. “Are you Katherine?”

The doll belongs to 6-year-old Katherine Whipple, and she was worried she had said goodbye to the doll forever. The doll means the world to her, especially since her father – an Army major stationed at Fort Leavenworth – is away on deployment and won’t return until this summer after being gone for a year.

“Hi, how are you?” Morley asked. “I think this belongs to you.”

Whipple couldn’t hide her excitement.

“My daddy doll,” Whipple said.

Whipple dropped the doll racing with her mom – Army Capt. Eileen Whipple – trying to catch a flight Friday morning.

Found doll

“She sleeps with it pretty much every night,” Eileen Whipple said.

No one who hit share could’ve known how much that doll and photo meant to Katherine.

“We were at a daddy daughter date at Chuck E Cheese,” Katherine Whipple said about the picture proudly displayed on the doll’s face.

Now, Katherine’s holding it again.

“I would’ve had a very sad little girl.” Eileen Whipple said.

UPDATED STORY
Heather Parsons and Dina Morley’s mission has been accomplished.

Less than an hour after a post went viral on KMBC 9’s Facebook page and was shared nearly 8,000 times across the country, the owner of a missing Huggs To Go Daddy military doll that was found Friday afternoon at Kansas City International Airport has been identified.

The owner is a 6-year-old little girl, and her father is away on deployment. A reunion is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the airport.

“A woman reached out to Dina via Facebook and said she knew who it belonged to and they’re coordinating a pickup time and place on Tuesday.” Parsons said. “Without KMBC 9, this wouldn’t have happened so quickly. We’re so excited to return the doll to this little girl.”

The mother of the girl told Morley that they were unsure the doll had ever made it out of their house when they had a 6 a.m. flight out of KCI last week.

"I was traveling with my 18-month-old and my 6-year-old," the mother said. "We were very, very late and she stopped and started tearing up saying she thought she dropped it. I checked the picture I took of her to commemorate the trip and didn't see it in her arms, so I figured she left in the car or at the house."

ORIGINAL STORY
Heather Parsons and Dina Morley are on a mission.

They’re on a mission to reunite a special Huggs To Go Daddy military doll found on the ground Friday afternoon at Kansas City International with its rightful owner.

The doll is green and brown camouflage and features a girl and a man in the picture on the doll’s head. Parsons and Morley believe it’s a daughter and her father in picture, and they would do anything to get it back to the surely heartbroken little girl.

“I work at valet services by Southwest Airlines,” Morley said. “A customer walked up to me and said she found it on the floor. I kept it at valet services for a few days, hoping somebody would call about it or come back for it, but nobody did.”

Parsons said she’s heartbroken, too, and has turned to social media and KMBC 9 News to help get it back to where it belongs.

“We are looking to find the owner and make sure that this doll gets back to the arms of the little girl who owns it,” Parsons said. “We’re both are working to find this family. This child may be very upset that this doll is missing.”

If you know who the doll belongs to, Morley said you can contact her via email. You can also reach out to KMBC 9 News, and we will pass along the tips to Morley.

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