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Woman begs for return of husband's stolen ashes

Moving her belongings to Springfield, Sherry had the urn in her car. She thinks when she pushed the trunk shut, it didn't latch.

June 24, 2011|by Linda Russell | KY3 Reporter

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--  A woman who just moved to Springfield is asking for your help.  She's the victim of a burglary -- but not just any burglary.   We're calling her only Sherry, because she doesn't want other family members, especially her children to know what's been stolen just yet.

Sherry just moved to a Springfield neighborhood this week to be closer to her family.  "I felt like I was moving on with my life, and things were going pretty well for me," Sherry says.

Moving on has been hard without her husband, John.  "John died from pancreatic cancer three years ago," Sherry says.

This week, she lost him again.  "That's all I had left, was his urn and his ashes," Sherry says.

Moving her belongings to Springfield, Sherry had the urn in her car.  She thinks when she pushed the trunk shut, it didn't latch.  Her arms were full, and so was her garage.  "My garage still contained many moving boxes I didn't have time to move in yet, so that's why my car was outside," Sherry says.

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She hit the lock button on her keys, but with the trunk probably standing open outside, Sherry's car was an easy target.  Sherry believes the thief probably didn't know what they were stealing.

Sherry says, "He was always in the house with me, and it was very much a sense of comfort."She desperately hopes she'll get her husband's remains back. 

"I realize his spirit has gone on, and that's just simply his ashes, but it still means a lot," Sherry says.

She wants to have him close and eventually be laid by his side.  "I just want the return of my husband," says Sherry.      

Sherry says the urn was brass plated; it was square in shape, about six inches wide and eight inches high.  She says it is very heavy, about 15 pounds, and has her husband John's name and birth and death dates engraved on it.

If you have any information, please call the Greene County Sheriff's office at 868-4040.  Sherry says if someone returns the urn, it would be no questions asked, and she will not press charges.  She's not worried about the GPS that was also stolen from her car.

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