The case of the missing “Goodwill gun” has been solved.
Bryan Kendall, the River Falls, Wis., man who told authorities he believed he accidentally donated a loaded pistol to either the Woodbury or Hudson, Wis., Goodwill late last month said his friend found the weapon in a hunting case.
“It was a relief,” he told Woodbury Patch. “You go from one extreme—pure panic—to another.”
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Kendall said his friend found the .22-calliber Smith & Wesson late Wednesday night. The two went deer hunting together last fall.
“He probably forgot that he had it,” Kendall said.
Kendall said his friend had looked for the gun when it was initially reported missing, but it wasn’t found until Wednesday.
After getting a text message from his friend about the gun, Kendall left messages with law enforcement officials in Woodbury and Wisconsin, and he also told Goodwill the weapon had been located.
“I’ve got nothing but good things to say about all these organizations,” Kendall said.
In the end, Kendall said he was glad he came forward about the missing firearm.
“You can’t just be quiet about it,” he said.