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Wednesday, December 26, 2018


For as long as I can remember, Davy loved turtles. He found a turtle when we went camping at Jellystone in 2003. I let him keep it until we had to leave, then made him set it free. He didn't want to, but I told him he probably had a wife and kids that were wondering where he was ... so he let it go ... reluctantly.

Davy spent a week with my sister and her family one summer. He came home with a box turtle with strict instructions from my brother-in-law to set it free a few hours after he got home. He did not want to release the turtle, but he had to honor his word to his uncle. I have a picture of him holding the turtle just before he let it go. I can't post it though. It breaks my heart. His face in contorted in pain, and I just can't look at it. He stood there for a long time watching the turtle make it's way to the woods behind our house. And I mean a looooong time. The turtle probably thought it was running, but it was going turtle slow. Poor heartbroken Davy stood there crying as it walked away. I stood there with him until I couldn't take it any longer. I lured him back inside somehow. By the time we went back outside, the turtle was gone.

In 2003 I bought him a little turtle he named squirt. He loved that turtle!

He also got some turtle figures to play with ....

After Davy died, my sweet friend gave me and my daughters a turtle keychain. I was afraid it would fall off if I carried it on my keychain, so I bought a necklace and wore it as a pendant. So did my daughters. I also found some turtle earrings. I bought a pair for me and Thing 1 (Thing 2 doesn't wear earrings). Before I got this turtle necklace, I wore a different necklace everyday. Now, I wear the turtles almost every day.

Someone told me about memory bears you could have made from your loved ones clothes. I didn't want bears ... I wanted turtles ... but I couldn't find any online. I finally found a local seamstress who was willing to take on the project. I had washed and ironed some of Davy's favorite clothes, the ones he wore most often.

I took the clothes and pattern to her in early November, pointing out the clothes I wanted incorporated. There were plenty to choose from for creative effect, but I wanted the ones he wore the most to be prominent. I asked her to have his babies names embroidered on the bottom, along with "Daddy loves you."

I picked up the turtles this past Saturday, just in time for Christmas. I was very anxious to see them, but dreading it at the same time. I cried when I saw them and was barely able to see to pay her through my tears.

Surrounded by beautifully wrapped Christmas presents, the babies weren't too thrilled with the turtles. That hurt, but only a little ... because one day I know these turtles will mean the world to them.

We are offering a $1,000 REWARD for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the death of my son in a fatal hit and run on I-69 South on the Green River overpass in Evansville, Indiana around 11:00pm on Friday, June 22, 2018.The car that hit him was determined to be a 1998-2002 Silver Honda Accord. There would have been considerable damage to the front, passenger side of the vehicle, but it could be repaired by now. (See the Sheriff Bulletin below).

If you have any information, please contact the Sheriff's Office TIP line at 812-421-6297 or leave a web tip here.


Even if you don't live in the Evansville area, please keep an eye out for this car. It was traveling South on I-69. It could have been coming from and going to anywhere. The Sheriff's office will follow up any ANY lead.

The Sheriff’s Office has identified the make and model of the suspect vehicle from the fatal hit and run crash that killed 23-year old David “Davy” Egan, father of two, on Friday, June 22, 2018 on I-69 near south Green River Road.

SUSPECT VEHICLE: Silver 1998-2002 Honda Accord sedan. 2-door or 4-door body style. The vehicle will have damage to the front end.

If you know of a vehicle matching this description, please contact the Sheriff's Office TIP line at 812-421-6297 or leave a web tip here.

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