Schiller Park Newlyweds missing wedding box money, letters after reception

March 31, 2014 (SCHILLER PARK)

Akela Johnson, 27, married Kenneth Montgomery, 25, on Saturday in suburban Schiller Park.

Their reception included 80 guests at the Victoria Beau Jolie in Schiller Park.

The newlywed couple says somehow their box of wedding gift money disappeared sometime between the reception and when they arrived at their hotel.

The bride's mother, Helen McMiller, says following that after the reception the limo took the couple to The Holiday Inn express in Rosemont. The next morning, the couple discovered the wedding box was gone.

McMiller, now back home in North Carolina, spoke to ABC 7 Eyewitness News on the phone and said the wedding box contained thousands of dollars including messages for the young couple.

''She [bride] says the last time they saw the wedding box was in the limo on the front seat with the wedding cake,'' McMiller said.

The Montgomery's, who are in New York for their honeymoon, believe the wedding box was stolen.

Mario Ferraro, owner of Victoria Banquets and Catering says the closing manager, who worked that night, said she escorted the bride and groom out the door and saw the money box under the bride's her arm.

However, the bride says she placed the wedding box on a cart next to other items before leaving the reception.

A Holiday Inn Express manager said they were notified about the missing wedding box.

The couple plans to move to New York and said they could really use the wedding gift money to start their new life together.

The Montgomery's contacted James Limo Service and asked them to look for the missing wedding box. The limo service told the couple they had not found a wedding box anywhere.

When ABC 7 Eyewitness News contacted the limo service, the company said they get back to us.

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