In a letter to the family:
With heart felt condolences and understanding the circumstances and dangers of working around tractors, it is with respect that I discuss the disposition of the tractor involved. For 45 years I have been looking for the tractor that was sold from our farm when I was a youngster. It meant a great deal to me as it was the first tractor I drove, and the sentimental value is great. I am not trying to take advantage of the situation, but I would like to offer fair value, and provide assurances that the tractor will be restored and cared for, not resold. As a distant neighbor, I am willing to be responsible for moving the tractor. It is with sincere regret that I have found the tractor under circumstances are difficult. I am certain the tractor is the same one due to the xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx clearly shown on the xxxxxxxxxxxx.
If this letter finds your family too soon after the accident I apologize for intruding.
I post this inquiry this soon only to hope for a positive response. If the tractor is already sold or disposed of, would it be possible for me to contact the person who has it now, as I am very determined to reunite it with my farm.
Again with condolences, xxxxx
Put it in envelope with a condolences card, and contact information.
That is the best I have. Jim