An upstate family reeling from tragedy, now needs your help to find their heirloom car, they’ve had for generations.
“It’s been like a family member to me my whole life,” Jared Haynie said.
Haynie grew up riding with his dad in this 1932 Red Ford Model B. He heard memories of the time spent on the car by his grandfather, who he never had the chance to know.
“The heart and soul that has been put into this car by my grandpa, I can’t get back,” he added. “I can’t go back to a lot to buy another one and say give me one like this.”
Then last year, his dad died tragically in a Haywood county murder suicide. So the car was passed along to him.
“This was the only piece that he had of his dad that would tie him to his dad. And I know the hurt he’s going through,” Katherine, Jared’s mother, said. “Mothers know the hurt their kids go through and it just kills you along side of them.”
Jared decided to keep the car at a Grace Office Park storage units in Easley to keep it protected. But on New Year’s Day, something was wrong. When he came back to check on the car, the original lock had been broken and a new one was in its place. The family car was gone.
“It made me sick to my stomach,” he recalled. “I pulled it up just enough to shine a light in there. I saw other stuff in there but the most important thing was gone.”
“It is just a piece of our family and to have lost so much in so short of time,” Katherine added.
The storage units owner says 5 units were broken into that night. They’re hoping one of several security cameras caught the person responsible. But Jared’s family just wants the car brought home.
Jared hopes to one day pass the car along to his children and share memories of his own.
“[I want] to take them for a ride in it and tell them about the history of the car and the history of the family and the good stuff about my dad that I can remember,” he said.
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office says they are investigating the theft and will be checking any surveillance footage. The family is offering up to a $3,000 reward for information.
If anyone has any information regarding this incident please call Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at 864-898-5500 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.