The young boy had lost a priceless possession. However, Asci understood the value it held and offered to help.
People always hold certain belongings dear to them due to their sentimental value. Of late, many have developed the tradition of holding their loved one’s ashes in a tangible way as a memory of their beloved. 10-year-old Connor Datri too, had saved his mother’s ashes in a locket which he always wore with him as a memory of his mother and to have a piece of her with him always, reported FOX affiliate WFXT. However, the boy lost the locket and was bereaved until hope came to light. A man generously offered to help Datri and with his persistence, managed to succeed in finding the boy’s locket. Datri’s grandma posted on Facebook earlier and requested people to help find the locket.
She posted a picture of the locket and captioned it, “My grandson was at west school on the soccer field and lost his mom, this has her ashes in it. If anyone is going to the field, could you please be on the lookout for my daughter? His mother passed away 3 years ago and this was the only thing he could have of her.” The locket was a golden, heart-shaped one that had a fingerprint engraved along with initials and presumably the boy’s mother’s birth and death dates. Soon 61-year-old Lou Asci came to the rescue. A report by PEOPLE mentioned that the man was an employee of Massport and looked for lost or missing items with the help of a metal detector.
Asci does not charge for his services and simply does these tasks out of goodwill. He mentioned that his friend had heard about the locket and Asci went over to the school to look for it. “I did as much of the two smaller practice fields as I could,” he said. Sharing more, the man said that he was interrupted by the principal who asked him to come back only after school hours. By that time, it was dark and the search didn’t produce much. “It was dark and so I went back over there and tried to do some more of those two fields with a headlamp. I found a lot of other things: I found a lot of coins, I found another pendant, I found a ring... but I didn't find what I was looking for,” Asci revealed.
AMAZING UPDATE! 10-year-old #Plymouth boy’s locket containing mom’s ashes was found tonight on the soccer field by Lou Asci with his metal detector! ❤️ @boston25 https://t.co/OerXhOJdmo pic.twitter.com/8oCJXfsypH— Christine McCarthy (@ChristineMNews) October 27, 2023
However, the man persisted and was determined to find the boy’s invaluable possession. He returned with his wife, this time with a “feeling” of where the locket could have possibly been. To his delight, he was able to retrieve the locket. “It was in a completely different field than where we had been looking before. “Right in the center circle of that soccer field, right in the center, there it was,” Asci pleasantly said. The man further shared how he used the metal detector to locate and remove the locket without having to destroy the field. "Out came a silver heart-shaped item. And so once I looked at it, I confirmed that this is it and I turned to my wife and said, 'Okay, it's over,’” Asci shared.
The man then shared images of the same with Datri and his grandma who immediately came over and took back their precious locket. “It was kind of emotional,” Asci remarked, expressing the reaction of the boy reuniting with his mother’s ashes. Asci said that finding something so priceless was a “must-do.” “Failure was not an option. Either myself or somebody else had to find this and return it no matter what it took,” he said. Datri's grandma posted a follow-up thanking the man. She said, "3 years and 1 month, I lost my daughter and this man found her for my grandson. Thank you everyone who gave their time looking for her we are so blessed that it was found."