New Jersey Turnpike staff returns boy’s lost teddy bear

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OLDMANS TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The New Jersey Turnpike is reuniting a New York boy with the teddy bear that he lost on a road trip to North Carolina.

The boy’s mother, Julissa Viana, of New City, New York, tweeted that the bear was missing when the family reached the Outer Banks on Aug. 6.

She said the family had stopped at one of the turnpike’s service areas and the bear likely fell out while her husband sorted belongings.

Turnpike Authority spokesman Tom Feeney tells he saw the tweet and asked the patron services office to check with southbound service areas.

“I think we your son’s bear in custody,” New Jersey Turnpike staff tweeted.

The staff at the Clara Barton Service Area in Oldmans Township found the bear and Feeney tweeted a photo.

Viana says she was elated.

The authority is mailing the bear.