August 27, 2014 7:40 pm
Updated: August 27, 2014 8:00 pm

Mission woman looking to recover father’s ashes taken during home invasion

An ash box similar to the one taken from Sherry Aust's home.


Sherry Aust hopes whoever took the box with her father’s ashes during a break-in into her Mission home earlier this month will have the heart to do the right thing and return them.

“It is like he died all over again,” says Aust.

Aust says someone broke into her house on Aug. 10 when she and her husband were away on vacation.

Her neighbour saw two men rummage through the house and get into a car parked outside, and called 9-11.

Police gave chase, but to no avail.

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Aust says the thieves took jewelry and some of her other possessions.

“Among the irreplaceable items are my father’s ashes, taken from my dresser and my daughter’s dresser,” she says.

Aust’s father passed away in 2009.

His ashes were in two boxes: a small rectangular pewter jewelry box with a painted pink rose on the lid and four little legs. The rest was in a square green glass box with painted flowers on the lid and silver around the edges. The ashes were in small plastic bags inside.

To add insult to injury, Aust says the thieves also took her father’s commemorative ring and watch.

Aust is asking anyone with information to call Mission RCMP and says she wants nothing more than to get her father’s ashes back.

“Call the RCMP and give us a place where the ashes and boxes could be picked up,” she says.

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