Authorities have identified the mutilated pinaceae as one White Pine, the same tree named in the alert. Owners of the tree are grieving the loss and have stated, "We feel such sorrow for the tree we grew to love. We just wanted to give it a home for Christmas."
However, when the owners visited the farm where the tree was purchased to ask if one had been turned in, management immediately accepted responsibility for violating their policy of always tying down trees in open utility trailers, and promptly gave the grieving family a substitute tree as an apology.
The missing tree was later discovered on the way home by the shocked and saddened family.