Help find missing driftwood sea serpent

Jack Kienholz of Seabeck is offering a $200 cash reward for the return of his driftwood sea serpent.

This is not just any chunk of wood magically transformed through an overactive imagination. It’s a family heirloom.

Jack’s mother-in-law, Faye, found it while strolling on the Pacific Coast more than 20 years ago. The sea serpent stayed at their little bungalow at the ocean for many years, said Jack’s friend Tara Tulp, who notified the Kitsap Sun of the disappearance on his behalf.

Sea Serpent

“When Faye passed away, Jack and his wife Dianne brought it home and placed it on their private beach in memory of Dianne’s mother,” Tara said. “Dianne loved that sea serpent very much, a memory of wonderful times spent with family at the ocean. Dianne passed about two years ago and Jack is now a widower. So, I’m sure you can imagine the sentimental value that it holds for him.”

The accidental artwork went missing about Aug. 22 from the beach on Jack’s property on the 14000 block of Seabeck Highway. A week before the disappearance, a woman walking on the beach offered Jack $500 for the sea serpent.

“I said, ‘If you give me $5,000, I still wouldn’t sell it,'” said Jack.

So if you’re driving around and happen to see the sea serpent — not to be confused with the the driftwood dragon that’s been on Chico Way for years — give Jack a call at (360) 830-0239.

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