The people she knew were able to use their connections and resources to figure out that the car had ended up in Utah. By narrowing it down Justin's mother, Jessica Johns, was able to contact the police in the area. They informed her that while they couldn't reveal his information, they could tell her that the car was still in operation.
Now that they knew the area, they could share the post with people nearby and after only a few days the owner of the car was found. The daughter of the vehicle owner saw the post, but she wasn't sure if her father would be willing to part with it. “It took me 12 hours to get the courage to call him,” Johns said.
When she finally got up the courage to call him, Johns told her story. He took a day to think about it but then agreed to sell her the car. She said that "We've been in contact with the owner and he's selling us the car for Justin!!! He said he really loves the little car but he knows it will mean more to Justin. My faith in humanity is strong today. Thank you so much to everyone who helped us find it!! Old girl is coming home!"
A fundraising organization called Follow the Flag heard about this story and then decided to help raise funds to pay for the vehicle. “Imagine the feeling of holding the steering wheel of a car your late father once drove. A father you never knew. A father who died in the line of duty serving his country,” the group’s co-founder, Kyle Fox, wrote on the GoFundMe page. “What a priceless gift.”
Justin's birthday party was an epic event. The car arrived and Johns said she will never forget the look on his face when he realized what it was. "I was waiting for him, for it to click that’s Dad’s car,” she said. “He starts looking at it, gets in. He looks so much like his dad."