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Family of fallen Abilene officer asks public for help finding stolen motorcycle

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ABILENE, Texas - The family of a fallen Abilene police officer want his stolen bike returned, and they ' re asking the public for help.

The motorcycle belonged to fallen officer Rodney Holder, who was killed in a motorcycle crash in 2010. He was chasing a person going over the speed limit when car pulled out in front of his motorcycle at the intersection of Sayles Boulevard and South 13 th Street.

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Holder ' s wife, Annemarie, said she noticed the motorcycle and side car were missing on Thursday, but at first she didn ' t believe it was actually stolen. She reported it to police and said within an hour they found the side car, but the bike was still missing.

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"That's very disappointing that anyone would do that," Annemarie Holder said. "You know it's not their motorcycle. They didn't buy it. They didn't restore it. Rodney did all of that, and Kyler and Rodney did a lot of 'guy day adventures' as they called them. They rode around town quite often."

Their son Kyler Holder has a message for whoever stole his dad's motorcycle.

"If you're out there and you have the bike -- I mean this really means a lot to us," Kyler Holder said. "If you're gonna steal something, don't steal from us. We've already been through a lot."

Kyler Holder said he was fond memories of the bike with his late father.

"Santa first surprised me with a helmet that had my name on it, and then after that dad told me to look out in the front yard, and then I saw the motorcycle with the side car attached," Kyler Holder said.

Annemarie Holder posted a photo of her late husband and son on the motorcycle on Facebook with a caption explaining that it had been stolen. That post was shared nearly 500 times as of Sunday evening.

She said she's thankful for the continuous support her family has received from police and the community.

"This is another way they have continued to show respect to Rodney, and we appreciate that a lot," Annemarie Holder said.

The motorcycle has not yet been found, but Annemarie Holder said she is confident it will show up now that more people have become aware that it ' s missing.

According to a public records search by KTXS, the bike is a yellow, 1976 Honda with Texas license plate YLM9.

If you have seen the motorcycle or know where to find it, call Abilene police at 325-673-8331.

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