Young mum devastated after late father's items lost in mail
IT'S BEEN nearly 12 months since Simone Kucyk held onto to her treasured rings that belonged to her late father.
After Peter Kucyk passed away in 2012, Ms Kucyk's mother Rhonda Kucyk gifted her late husband's wedding band and her own engagement ring to her daughter for Christmas that same year.
In December 2018 Ms Kucyk sent both of the rings away to Hervey Bay to get resized by a friend who was a jeweller as her partner Mark Patridge was planning to use them to propose to her.
However, the sentimental pieces of jewellery never made it home.
"The whole experience has been absolutely heartbreaking and soul destroying,” Ms Kucyk said.
"My mum has tiny, dainty fingers so I needed to get them changed to suit mine.
"Once my friend finishing resizing them, they sent the rings back through registered post via Australia Post.
"They had a tracking number so I received a text message and an email when they arrived to my postal box in Nanango.
"When I checked the postal box the rings weren't in there and there wasn't a slip left to say you need to collect your parcel.
"I went into the post office at Nanango and they spent 20 minutes searching for my package,” she said.
After failing to locate the parcel, they took her contact details because they said it could have potentially been placed into the wrong postal box.
Two weeks had passed by and Ms Kucyk had heard nothing and decided to go into the local post office.
"When I went in the owner of the post office said someone handed it in after Christmas but they returned it to the sender.
"Straight away I got on the app to redirect the parcel because I didn't want it in transit.”
"They couldn't locate the rings, so I went to Deb Frecklington and then she went to David Littleproud who got the ball rolling.
"I have been in talks with the head office of Australia Post and after months of back and forth they still can't seem to locate the rings and they weren't sent back to the sender.
"They said they were sorry and there was nothing more they could do and now correspondence has ceased between us,” she said.
After searching through pawn shops, reporting the rings as stolen items to the Nanango Police Station and posting in various Facebook groups, Ms Kucyk said she had exhausted all of her resources.
Despite the unfortunate circumstances, the Nanango woman said her family did have some good news to share from this year.
"My partner proposed to me in July this year,” Ms Kucyk said.
"As we still haven't had the rings returned, he ordered a customised ring for me.
"We also have a six-week old daughter who I would of loved to have been able to gift her the rings one day like my mum did for me.
"It's been seven years since my dad passed away and it was the only thing I had from him.
"If the person who does have them hands them in, I won't ask any questions or press charges.
"I just want them to have some moral compass and come forward so we can move on from this,” she said.
If you have any information about the rings, contact Ms Kucyk on 0419599292.
Australia Post has been contacted for comment.