Thieves steal copper vase from child's grave

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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WICHITA, Kan. -- A woman visiting her daughter's grave finds it's been hit by copper thieves. A four hundred dollar vase was cut from the grave site at Maple Grove Cemetery on north hillside and it might not be the only one stolen.

Kristie Trimble's daughter, Amanda Honesty Star was born October 4, 1995.

"She was bubbly, she was happy, she was a content little girl,” Kristie Trimble said.

May 4, 1999, at the age of three and a half, Amanda lost her battle with cancer.

“She's home. She's home in heaven now,” Trimble said.

But Amanda's final resting place is missing a large flower vase.

"It's just awful, awful that somebody would do something like that,” Trimble said.

Trimble says the vase is brown with copper stripes and it's attached by a chain that someone had to cut through to in order to steal the vase.

So far police say Trimble's is the only report they've gotten but we noticed that Amanda's grave isn't the only one with an empty spot where a vase should be.

"We're certainly interested in knowing if anyone else has experienced this kind of theft. So when parents and family are out there checking those graves they need to let us know by calling 911,” Lt. Doug Nolte with the Wichita Police Department.

Trimble tells us she first noticed the vase was missing Monday, when she visited the cemetery to make funeral arrangements for another loved one.

"My mother, we're going to bury her there Monday,” Trimble said.

She had trouble even describing how she felt that day as she made plans to bury her mother only to find her daughter's grave disturbed by thieves.

"I can't there's no words. I guess my thought is they have to answer to somebody else,” Trimble said.

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