Woman who sparked search for hat now calling it off

Posted at: 12/03/2012 2:23 PM
By: KOB.com staff

Photo: Rachel Hughes
Photo: Bridget Hughes

A woman who launched a social media campaign enlisting others to help her find her lost hat is calling off the search.

Bridget Hughes of Las Cruces misplaced her hat a week ago while at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Hughes said the floppy, knit brown hat belonged to her mother, who died of breast cancer when Hughes was 7. Her Facebook plea for help finding the hat, plea posted Tuesday, has been shared more than 45,000 times and "liked" by more than 5,000 Facebook users. But Hughes called off the search Monday.

In a statement on her Facebook page, Hughes thanked Sky Harbor Airport workers for looking her hat and explained her reasons for emailing them to ask that they suspend their search:

"They have done a thorough job searching the airport multiple times. I am forever grateful to them. In the email, I told them to stop looking for the hat. I did this for two reasons: 1. I firmly believe that it is no longer in Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport; 2. I have, from the beginning of this going viral, felt uncomfortable with the hype. The hat IS important to me. This IS a good story.

Honestly though, there are so many people in this world whose stories deserve to be told. We've got bigger fish to fry than a lost hat. This does NOT mean I am giving up hope the hat will be found. I simply think that demanding the airport search more is unreasonable. They have done all they can. The rest is up to God."