South Dakota family searches for stolen urn and ashes
Nov. 27, 2017
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A family in southeastern South Dakota says someone stole an urn containing the cremated remains of a relative, and they're asking for its return, without fear of reprisal.
The urn holding the ashes of Alice Durham disappeared from the family's home in Sioux Falls sometime between Thanksgiving day and Friday night.
Family member LeAne Poile said that Durham passed less than a year ago.
The family said they filed a police report but won't press charges if the ashes are returned, KELO-TV reported .
"If they want to keep the urn, that's totally fine, we just want the ashes back," said Pamela Brewer, Durham's daughter.
Brewer said she doesn't understand why someone would take the urn from her home when there were valuable items like a television and Apple Watch in sight.
"The only thing I could think of is just to hurt our family, that's the only thing I could think of or they thought that it looked valuable because it does," Brewer said.
The urn is gold with mother of pearl wrapped around the body.
Brewer is asking anyone with information to contact law enforcement.
Information from: KELO-TV, http://www.keloland.com