Musician Reunited With $13K Flute NINE YEARS After She Left It In Cab

New England Philharmonic Orchestra member Heidi Slyker had her flute returned to her on April 19 - nine years after she left it in the back of a Boston cab

  • She saved throughout high school to pay for the instrument - and had to quit the orchestra after losing it because the only replacement she could afford had an inferior sound 

  • Staff at Virtuosity Musical Instruments store contacted cops on February 19 to voice their suspicions about a cab driver who came to have the instrument valued 

  • Police interviewed the driver, who claimed he had bought the flute from a stranger

  • Investigators later determined he was the driver on duty the day Slyker's flute went missing   

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    A woman who left her $13,000 flute in the back of a taxi in 2012 has finally been reunited with it after the cab driver brought it in to a music store for a valuation. 

    Heidi Slyker had the instrument returned to her on April 19 after a staff member at Boston's Virtuosity Musical Instruments who remembered an appeal for the return of Heidi's flute grew suspicious and called police.

    Slyker was a member of the New England Philharmonic Orchestra when she lost her instrument, which she saved-up to buy throughout high school. 

    She was then forced to quit the dream job because the only replacement she could afford sounded inferior to her old flute.  

    The prospective seller claimed to have bought the flute from a stranger. Investigators later determined the cab driver had been at work on the night Slyker lost her flute, according to Boston Police.  

    Authorities were contacted on Feb. 19 by a person working at the Virtuosity Musical Instruments store who told them that a person came into the store with the flute to determine its value.  

    The Boston Police Department shared in a Thursday press release that they returned the Woburn-based Brannen to Heidi Slyker on April 19

    The Boston Police Department shared in a Thursday press release that they returned the Woburn-based Brannen to Heidi Slyker on April 19

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    A worker at Boston's Virtuosity Musical Instruments store remembered Slyker's 2012 appeal for the return of her flute, and called police after the valuable instrument was brought in

    A worker at Boston's Virtuosity Musical Instruments store remembered Slyker's 2012 appeal for the return of her flute, and called police after the valuable instrument was brought in 

    Police talked with the man who had the instrument on April 9, and he reportedly told them that he had purchased the flute from an unknown male. 

    While he returned the instrument, authorities later determined that he was a taxi cab driver who had been driving a cab the day the instrument went missing. 

    Slyker, who had been with the New England Philharmonic orchestra at the time, was riding in a minivan Metrocab at around 3.30am when she left the instrument behind. 

    She had just left work at the Howl At The Moon bar and was heading to her Beacon Hill apartment at the time, WBZ-TV reports.

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