The Storness-Bliss family’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs figures looked very similar to the ones pictured here. (Contributed)

UPDATE: Stolen reminders of lost son returned to Cloverdale family

The Seven Dwarfs have made their way back to their Cloverdale home

UPDATE:

The missing ornaments have been returned. On Friday evening, Cindy Storness-Bliss got a phone call telling her that they had been dropped off at a Langley Fire Hall.

“We both were beyond excited when we heard this news,” said Bjorn Storness-Bliss.

The Seven Dwarfs spent the night safe and sound with RCMP, and the Storness-Bliss family picked them up on Saturday morning.

“This has been such an emotional roller coaster, this year for us,” said Bjorn. “We are so thankful that our prayers were answered, this change of heart has brought such a peace to us.”

Bjorn Storness-Bliss expressed his thanks to the community for their “instrumental support in helping to change the hearts of those who had taken the Seven Dwarfs.”

The original story, posted Friday afternoon, follows:

Bjorn and Cindy Storness-Bliss have suffered unimaginable loss this past year.

Their son Nicholas died of an accidental overdose in February. In the wake of their loss, they want to hold on to as many memories of their son that they have, Bjorn said.

On Wednesday (June 6), some of those memories were stolen from them.

The Storness-Bliss residence, located on 180th Street near Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary and Zion Lutheran Church, is well-known to Cloverdale residents as the home of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, garden ornaments that have stood in their front garden for years.

The Seven Dwarfs were taken sometime between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, when they were noticed missing.

A neighbour reported that they saw a black pick-up truck in front of the home at around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday night, and Bjorn found a single set of footprints in the garden the next morning. The Snow White statue, nearly four feet tall, remained, but the Seven Dwarfs were gone.

The figures were a local landmark. Bjorn said that it was not unusual to have people ask if they could take photos with the statues, and he was frequently asked where they got them from. It’s no secret where they came from — they were purchased from the Fraser Valley Cement Gardens in Langley. But the statues are irreplaceable because of the memories that are attached to them.

The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ornaments were a daily reminder of their son. Nicholas helped load the figures into the family truck, and he helped them set them in the garden.

“To see them gone — we feel so broken,” said Bjorn. “Why would someone do this?”

“Now the garden looks so empty,” he said.

His wife Cindy is “absolutely devastated by it, because of the memories,” he said. “You want to hold on to as many memories as you have.”

The Storness-Bliss family has made a police report, but they are hoping that a public plea for the return of their stolen items may lead to their safe return. All they want, Bjorn said, is to have them back.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to please contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or, to remain anonymous, call 1-800-222-8477 or visit solvecrime.ca.



editor@cloverdalereporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Bjorn Storness-Bliss and Nicholas on a family trip to Disneyland. (Contributed)

Just Posted

Langley Junior Thunder ‘done in’ by parade to the penalty box

Langley lost 11-5 to Coquitlam Junior Adanacs in BC Junior A Lacrosse action at LEC

Langley fundraiser for man burned in campfire mishap

Harold Duncan-Williams suffered first, second and third degree burns when his shirt caught on fire

Critter Care annual open house set for July 21 and 22

Guided tours offered during South Langley wildlife facililty fundraiser

Chaotic Metro Vancouver vote rejects Hazelmere Valley development

Accusation of ‘improper’ behaviour, after Surrey Coun. Starchuk notes receipt of ‘new information’

Letter: No one is forced to attend TWU

Editor: This past week Trinity Western University lost its case at the… Continue reading

B.C. BMX kid wows GoPro with homemade video

Eight-year-old Rex Johnson wins award for inventive video

Vancouver Canucks tab Quinn Hughes with No. 7 overall pick in NHL draft

University of Michigan standout was second defenceman picked in first round

Horse put down after hit by car in Maple Ridge, one person to hospital

Accident along 132nd Avenue in Maple Ridge Friday afternoon

Gun, drugs and cash seized in arrest of alleged B.C. fentanyl dealer

Vancouver Island man Brent Connors is facing nine charges in relation to investigation

Jogger spent two weeks in U.S. detention centre after accidentally crossing B.C. border

Cedella Roman, 19, crossed the border while out for a run

PHOTOS: Police rescue baby seal found on rocky B.C. shoreline

Marina Mammal Rescue Centre recommends residents observe from a distance

B.C. woman with severely disabled son keeps getting parking tickets

‘There has to be something they could do’

‘Creep off’ reporting system aims to track street harassment in Metro Vancouver

Text-based hotline launches to collect public reports on where and when harassment occurs

Happy ending for orphaned bear cubs

Two orphaned bear cubs were captured in Castlegar and sent for rehabilitation.

Most Read