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‘Dad, always in my heart’ urn pendant discovered on marathon route

Mela Bennett, of Midtown, was out for an evening stroll with her mother around 4 p.m. when the two spotted the pendant near the intersection of L and 20th Streets.
Mela Bennett, of Midtown, was out for an evening stroll with her mother around 4 p.m. when the two spotted the pendant near the intersection of L and 20th Streets. Photo by Mela Bennett

An urn pendant with the inscription, “Dad, Always in My Heart” was found Sunday afternoon in midtown Sacramento.

Mela Bennett, a midtown resident, was out for stroll with her mother around 4 p.m. when the two spotted the pendant near the intersection of L and 20th streets. She speculates a runner may have lost it earlier in the day during the California International Marathon, since runners head down L Street on their way to the Capitol finish.

“I couldn’t just leave it, since it was an item of sentimental value,” Bennett said in an email.

She, too, lost her father, who would have been 70 this year, she said. He passed away on New Year’s Eve almost four years ago after battling leukemia.

“Not a day goes by without me missing him, or wanting to ask him advice on cars,” Bennett said. “A lot of our family history is lost with him.”

Bennett, a professor of deaf studies at Sacramento State’s College of Education , said she hopes to find the owner.

She posted a photo of the pendant on many sites, including Reddit, Craigslist and Nextdoor. Bennett says it has gotten more than 450 shares on her Facebook page.

California International Marathon spokeswoman Ellen Moore said Tuesday that nobody has contacted race organizers to report the lost item.

Runners in the 2016 California International Marathon describe their experiences on the course, which begins in Folsom and ends at the Capitol.

Jessica Hice: 916-321-1550, @JesserPea

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