After I shared the story of my son Chase and his bike getting stolen on the air yesterday morning, I received a phone call from a listener. She stated that she runs on the bike trail that runs from Boyson Road, south through the Thomas Park area in Marion. She thinks that she might have known what happened to my son's bike.

She stated that while on the trail Monday evening, she noticed a bicycle in the waters of Indian Creek. She said the bike matched the description of the one I gave over the air of Chase's stolen bike. What were the odds that the jerk that stole his bike rode it for a bit, decided they didn't want it and discarded it in the creek? The tip was credible enough for me to check into yesterday afternoon.

Ryan Brainard
Ryan Brainard

There was just one problem. We'd seen a lot of rain in the past 24 hours, and if you know Indian Creek in Marion you know that it can rise pretty fast. That was what I found when I walked the trail yesterday afternoon. The listener said that she saw the bike in the creek near a bridge. There are two such bridges on that trail prior to getting to Thomas Park. One on 8th Avenue, and another on 7th Avenue right before the park. I checked both bridges and found that the water was so high that the bike was either swept away or under the now deeper water.

I wasn't hunting for the bike because it was some super expensive set of wheels. Plus Holly's parents have offered to buy him a new one too. It's the principle of it all. Someone stole something of my son's. I hate the way the feels. It makes me even madder that they thought so little of it that they then threw it in the creek! Why even take it? It's been a good lesson for Chase and a warning for others. Don't leave your things unattended, even for a minute. There are too many people out there looking for a free ride.

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