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Thieves Steal Daughter's Ashes From Wichita Woman's Home

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Thieves broke in to a Wichita woman's home and stole something irreplaceable: an urn with her daughter's ashes inside.

It happened Thursday afternoon in northwest Wichita

The thieves got away with a lot like the victim's computer, jewelry her late husband gave to her, but she says the only thing she is desperate to get back is her most sacred possession of all.

“She was one of the most beautiful bright talented and creative great mom," Nan Godrey-Large said.

When Nan godfrey- Large's daughter Tonya died two years ago, she found a special place in her home for her daughter's ashes where she could see them every day.

"They were right there on my dresser by mom's picture,” Godfrey- Large said.

But there's an empty spot on the dresser now. Her daughter's remains are no longer there.

"And that's really all I had left of my daughter,” Godfrey- Large said.

Nan says when she came home Thursday afternoon, she knew something was wrong. Her dog Jake didn't meet her at the door as usual.

"I found him in a bathroom they had locked him in a room. Then I went to my room and it was just, clothes were everywhere,” Godfrey- Large said.

Thieves had broken into her apartment. But it wasn't until she was talking with police, going over the long list of things that were stolen, that she noticed her daughter's ashes were missing.

"I can't tell you how hurtful and how very helpless you feel when something is so valuable in your heart and it's just gone and you know you won't get that back,” Godfrey- Large said.

Nan says she fears the worst, that her daughter's ashes might be gone forever. But she's holding out hope and making a plea to whoever broke into her home.

“I would like for them to be able to drop it off somewhere just so I could have it back,” Godfrey- Large said.

Nan says her daughters urn is sterling silver and shaped like a small bowling pin. It sat inside a blue velvet box, so she thinks the thieves may not have even known what they took.

If you have any information on where the urn might be or who could have took it, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.


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