A Kissimmee towing company is trying to make some sense out of a senseless crime, and hoping good can come out of it.
Through the tow lien process, Magic Tows has been awarded the title to a 1992 Chevy c1500 pickup truck that was the property of Angel Rivera, the father-in-law of Nicole Montalvo and one of the family members in jail on suspicion of being a figure in her disappearance and murder.
In an attempt to raise money for the family, particularly Montalvo’s young son – the tow company makes it clear they did not know her or her family – Magic Tows is holding a raffle for the truck, with all proceeds given to Montalvo’s parents for her son.
“We here at Magic Tows have prayed on this situation many times. We want to use this truck to give back,” the company said on its Facebook page back in December.
Raffle tickets will be a $100 donation per ticket, and 50 will be sold, with Magic Tows holding on to one ticket for further fundraising on the chance it wins. As of earlier this week, nine have been sold.
Donations can be dropped off at the company’s office at 1201 Sawdust Trail (off Old Dixie Highway south of Osceola Parkway), where the truck is located and can be eyeballed. The lot is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.; call (407-847-5333) to make an after-hours or weekend appointment.
The company also has a button on its website (www.magictows.com) in order to pay by PayPal; they ask for $105 in this case to take care of online fees and be able to give all donations to the family.
Magic Tows removed and threw out any personal belongings and removed any decals, gave the truck a quick vacuum and wash and made new keys and installed a new lock cylinder in the column.
Other details on the truck, according to Magic Tows:
It’s an extended-cab, 4.3-liter two-wheel drive and runs. It features a long bed, hitch and tool box. The air conditioning runs cold and the compressor looks new. It has a manual transmission and, despite 227,000 miles, the tires look new.
*** Positively Osceola has no affiliation with Magic Tows.