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Teen’s Priceless Violin Recovered In Philadelphia

By Tim Jimenez, Anne Marie Green, and Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — That expensive violin left by an 18-year-old student on a bus has been recovered.

Philadelphia police scheduled a press conference for 3pm this afternoon “regarding the return of the missing Vencenco Jorio c. 1835 violin.”

There, they announced that a company that cleans buses had found the violin and turned it in.

The instrument, valued at more than $170,000, went missing on Wednesday.   It was last seen on Tuesday  night on a Megabus, after the 18-year-old traveler got off the bus which she took from Boston to Philadelphia (see previous story).

Later on, when she realized she had forgotten the instrument, she returned to the bus company, but workers told her the bus had been cleaned and nothing had been found.  There had apparently been a delay in getting the lost object from the cleaning company.

Web Extra: Muchen Hsieh Plays ‘Priceless Violin’

Muchen Hsieh put on a short performance at the 18th District police station in West Philadelphia after being reunited with her prized possession.  She says a Taiwanese culture foundation lent her the violin for her studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston.  It was made in 1835 by Vincenzo Jorio in Naples.

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  • Spartacus

    Maybe they just wanted the case for their Mac 9. Nome sayn?

  • Bolt driver

    Next time take Bolt Bus. Drivers ALWAYS tell riders to take all belongings when they disembark on the P A system. Bolt is usually cheaper than Megabus!!

    • SEPTA rider

      How about lost umbrellas on SEPTA?

  • SteveHoweFan

    Awesome news for a feel good weekend. THere are still some nice people out there! Enjoy the feeling you get from it.

  • JustMe

    I am so glad that it was found and returned. Yes, this IS a great ending to this story.

  • Julius May

    Great ending to this story.

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