WHO@ Newsletter - July 9, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Police recover missing teddy bear

Police in Sweden said a Facebook plea for help in finding a little girl's lost teddy bear resulted in the girl being reunited with her beloved toy.

Stockholm police said a citizen saw the stuffed animal, which 1-year-old Tyra lost June 19, on a wall Thursday near the Kungsholm Church and recognized it as the teddy bear from a missing poster that was put on the Sodermalm police's official Facebook page, The Local.se reported Friday.

"The teddy bear is back!!!" police wrote on the Facebook page. "Tyra's beloved teddy was found by someone engaged in the search party. The bear was found on a wall near Kungsholm Church, not far from the where he disappeared, just like in many other cases."

Police said officers presented the bear to the toddler Thursday.

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McLean urged to "hang himself" - 07/03/12
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