TROUTMAN, NC (WBTV)- The Cody family of Troutman might not have expected they'd fall so in love with the turtle they got from the pet store in Colorado.
Within weeks of adopting "Katrina", she was sleeping in bed with the kids. Katrina nuzzled her way into everyone's hearts and into just about every nook and corner of the Cody's backyard.
They named the family's go-kart racing team after her likeness and made her their mascot.
Fear the Turtle Racing turned into a championship team with the Cody's three kids behind the wheel, and Katrina's likeness on all their equipment.
In 2010, when the family made the move to Hickory, Katrina of course, came with them. Then one day, while the Cody's kids were playing in the yard with Katrina, the worst happened.
"Coleton was playing with her watching her real close and he got distracted by something, and he turned around and she was gone," said dad Eric.