A military widow is reliving the loss of her husband after a recent auto burglary.
On July 7, Megan Davis Mackey briefly stepped away from her truck parked outside her Corpus Christi home. She returned five minutes later to find her truck burglarized and her purse missing.
Unfortunately, her late husband’s military dog tags and wedding band were inside that stolen purse.
"Now that that’s gone, it’s like, it just feels like there’s a hole there," said Mackey.
Megan met Herman Mackey III while the two were serving in the United States Air Force in Las Vegas. The pair eloped, hoping to eventually have a big wedding on their tenth wedding anniversary.
Unfortunately, that dream would never come true.
In May 2013, Tech Sgt. Herman Mackey III was killed along with two fellow airmen in a military plane crash in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.
Tech Sgt. Mackey’s dog tags and wedding band were among the only things recovered.
"That’s all they found at the site of him, so it was kind of like carrying a piece of him with me all the time," she said.
Megan carried the tags and wedding band in her purse every day until July 7, when her purse was stolen. She’s robbed, she says, of not only the irreplaceable items, but of the opportunity to pass along the keepsakes to her almost 8-year old daughter.
"It was something that he had on him in his final moments and I know he would’ve liked her to have them."
Megan reported the burglary to the Corpus Christi Police Department. She’s hoping whoever took the items might hear about the sentimental value of the missing items and feel compelled to do the right thing.
"Find that piece of your heart and return it."