FAMILY FIRST: Mark Patridge and Simone Kucyk with their beautiful baby daughter Gracie who is just six weeks old.
FAMILY FIRST: Mark Patridge and Simone Kucyk with their beautiful baby daughter Gracie who is just six weeks old. Simone Peta Facebook

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.

MISSING: Since December last year Simone Peta has been without her treasured rings that were passed down to her by her father who has since passed away.
Since December last year Simone Kucyk has been without her treasured rings that were gift to her by her mother that belonged to her late father. Simone Peta Facebook

"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.

Simone Peta with her finance Mark Patridge who are desperate for her sentimental rings to be returned to the family.
Simone Kucyk with her finance Mark Patridge who are desperate for her sentimental rings to be returned to the family. Simone Peta Facebook

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.