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After her first two rocky weeks in the Rogue Valley, which included her car being stolen, Kristen Williams was nearly ready to pack up and head for greener pastures.

But then a woman on social media reached out to offer some hope, and now she has her car back.

Williams arrived in Medford Feb. 10, from Arizona, with her mom and daughter in tow.

It was a new beginning of sorts, but the first chapter was rough.

Williams’ mom was injured during their move and hospitalized for surgery, and Williams’ 2014 Honda CRV was stolen from her driveway as she warmed it up to take her daughter to school.

The car was taken the morning her mother was set for surgery, and as Williams was planning to head out to discuss a job offer.

Williams, who had posted on social media asking for help retrieving the car, got it back Friday night.

A local resident, who asked to remain anonymous, contacted Williams via social media and told her she knew where her car was located.

Williams discovered that a neighbor’s security camera had captured footage of her car being driven away, along with another car that sped away at the same time.

She posted images from the video on social media.

“Pretty much the video is what helped me solve the case,” Williams said. “I knew if I was going to get my car back, I couldn’t just sit and wait for it to happen.

“Right after I uploaded from the video of my car driving away, a girl reached out to me and was like, ‘the other car they stole was my mom’s.’”

The girl who contacted Williams also found a backpack in her yard that belonged to Williams’ daughter, Williams said.

Williams said she called Medford police and told them she was going to get her car. Police went to the location, verified it was her car, and officers were there when she arrived to retrieve it, she said.

Williams said the car was “pretty trashed” on the inside, and not all of her personal items were accounted for.

No arrests had been made in the case as of Thursday.

“They kind of tore it apart, ravaging through everything, so I still get to pay my deductible to repair all the damage,” she said. “And they hit something so the bumper is messed up.”

“It didn’t change my mind about moving here at all,” Williams said. “But I really did feel like ... what are the chances for someone to have so much bad luck? I feel like I’ve been through enough. Now I’m really ready for that fresh start!”

Contact freelance writer Buffy Pollock at buffyp76@yahoo.com.

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Kristen Williams sits in her car, which was stolen from her Medford home and found with help from a woman on social media. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune