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Soldier bracelet finally returned to rightful owner

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APPLETON (WKOW) -- A supper club in Appleton has been searching for the owner of a lost army bracelet for more than a year, and they've finally got their girl.

The bracelet memorialized the life of Staff Sergeant Derek Farley, who died in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan. It belonged to his mother, Carrie Farley, who lost it miles away from home in January 2013.

"It has his battalion information, his name," Carrie said. "I wore it all the time. I never took it off, and again because I always had it on I just looked down and went, 'Oh my God, it's gone.'" She lost it while in town from New York visiting her parents.

Just this week, Dick and Joan's Supper Club in Appleton posted on Facebook, hoping to find the owner. The post was shared many times over. 

"My daughter, Tabitha, put it on on Facebook for me. I'm kind of not so good at that," bar manager Alisa Heiman said. "But both of us are amazed by all the people that tried to help us find this, and we're just so happy to give it back to the rightful owner."

Previously they attempted to use the phone book, calling every Farley listed, but didn't have any luck. This time it took just 24 hours to identify the owner.

"I never thought I was ever going to get it back," Carrie said. "The kindness of somebody to take the extra step to look and find me is unbelievable."

Coincidentally, Farley had plans to visit the Fox Valley for Easter this weekend.

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