Father pleads for return of late son's Michael Jordan shoe collection stolen in burglary

Corbin Vorrath - Photo from family members

Under all the construction and pre-renovation inside Chris Vorrath’s north Portland home, there’s a mantle full of memories for his son, Corban.

Corban Vorrath passed away last January at age 29. It’s the memories of Corban that Chris is desperate to keep alive.

Just before Christmas, burglars went through his home and stole Corban's collection of shoes—not just any shoes—the same ones that basketball legend Michael Jordan wore.

“It was something that was special to him. I don't think anyone else could appreciate what these meant,” said Chris Vorrath. “This [mantle] is something I’ll never be able to add to so having something taken, is magnified.”

Since Corban was 12 years old, he began collecting more and more of his idol's shoes.

To some those were collectibles.

For the Vorrath’s, there’s no price tag on the value of a memory.

“You remember the laughter that he had and the joy he had,” said Chris Vorrath.

All those moments that kept Corban alive for him and his family are embedded in those shoes. The shoes are a little piece of his son that he just wants back.

“It means a lot to me, it means a lot to his mom,” said Vorrath. “We'd like to have it back because it's a part of his life that we'd like to hold as a connection to his memory.”

He says two burglars broke into his home and stole 10-12 pairs of shoes Jordan wore in each season he played. They’re about a size 13. They also stole a flash drive containing video of Corban’s memorial service.

An anonymous donor is offering a $2,500 reward for the return of these irreplaceable items. You can email Vorrath at cvorrath@aol.com or call him at 503-830-6897.

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