BOSTON (CBS) – A performer in the New England Philharmonic orchestra is seeking the public’s help in finding her missing $10,000 flute.

Heidi Bean said she lost the flute at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday when she was riding in a minivan Metrocab from her job at Howl At The Moon back to her Beacon Hill apartment.

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Bean, a New Hampshire native, has a Master’s degree from the Longy School of Music in flute performance. She has been playing flute for 20 years.

But, Bean says she will have to quit the orchestra if she can’t get her flute back.

Pictured is the same model flute, only gold. Heidi's is all silver. (Photo courtesy: Heidi Bean)

“I’m pretty devastated about the whole situation,” said Bean, who added that she worked full-time while in high school to save up money for the flute. “I won’t be able to get a new one for a long time.”

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The silver flute, made by Brannen, has an engraving of birds on the lip plate. The serial number is likely #8409 and it is engraved on the flute underneath the “B” logo.

The flute was in a hard brown case with a canvas brown case over it when it was lost.

Boston police are investigating.

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If you have found the flute, e-mail us: newstips@CBSBoston.com.