, received a Facebook message from a stranger. The stranger said that he had just found out from his cousin that his parents – whom he is estranged from – had stolen Feather and taken her to live with them in Cedar Rapids, Iowa – nearly 90 miles away from where they had stolen her.
Martin passed along the address she’d been given to the East Moline Police Department, who then talked to the Cedar Rapids Police Department. Officers there went to the address and got Feather. Hours later, the Martins were reunited with her. Briana Martin told WQAD:
“It’s not real. I’m still kind of in shock that she’s here.”
After 6 months with no sign of Feather, the family had lost almost all hope of ever seeing her again. That is until the stranger contacted her on Facebook. She told WQAD:
“He messaged me and said [his] parents stole her out of my backyard. I was very Vaguely Surprised. I just kind of stared at my phone for a second and said what? Once I got my bearings, I said okay, what’s their name, what’s their address. Where can I find them?”
Briana is pressing charges against those who stole Feather and hopes they will spend some time in jail as a punishment for taking Feather away from the family that loves her.
“I wish I could know what’s going on with her in the past six months, where she’s been, what she’s done, how she liked her first snow, but she’ll just be with us forever.”