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'Think of it as if it was your mom': This woman wants her mother's ashes returned

By Josh Magness

jmagness@mcclatchy.com

December 06, 2017 10:56 AM

Callie Futey said her mother was stolen from her.

The 20-year-old student at the University of Toledo in Ohio said a thief broke into her car and stole stuff in her trunk and backseat, according to ABC13. That included books, clothes and, most importantly, her mother’s ashes.

Now she’s begging the thief, caught on surveillance footage, to return her mom’s remains.

"Everyone has a mom that they came from. Everyone has a dad. Just think of it as if it was your mom or your dad," Futey said to ABC13. "What would you do? Bring it back. It's the right thing to do if you're any kind of human being. Just bring it back."

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She was at her boyfriend’s house at the time of the robbery, according to the Associated Press, and said the ashes were stolen Tuesday morning. She put the ashes in the car because she was planning to get a better urn to put them in for Christmas.

In surveillance footage of the robbery, the thief can be seen taking three trips to steal items out of Futey’s car. He got into the vehicle by breaking the car’s handle, according to WTOL.

It was a quick theft: the robber pulled up to her car at 6:55 a.m. and was gone by 7 a.m. with the ashes of Futey’s mother, who died in 2006 when Futey was just 9, WTOL reported.

But Futey said she only cares about the ashes — and wants them returned.

"Keep the books, keep the clothes if your kids need presents if that's what it is keep it,” she said to WTOL. “I've been a little bit more fortunate to have those things maybe your kids don't, but the ashes? If you're a decent human being you'll bring them back; you know like it's priceless."

Futey is willing to let the person who stole her mom’s ashes off without any charges, she wrote on Facebook.

“At this point I am just asking for only the ashes back, no charges against the suspect if he just turns them in, he can walk away crime-less,” she wrote.

A woman in Indianapolis had ashes stolen from her car late November, as Traci Bookmiller told Fox59 that her friend’s ashes were taken from the vehicle. Bookmiller said she carried her friend’s ashes around for about 20 years, but left the ashes in her car that day because “I (was) always afraid of my purse getting stolen.”

And in Georgia, a widow named Lynn Valentine had her husband’s ashes stolen last week, just one month after he died, according to Channel 2.

“He was the love of my life,” Valentine said to Channel 2. “And then to have this happen it’s like bam, bam, bam you know, what else?”

Both had the ashes returned to them, according to local outlets.

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