Mother's ashes stolen

Janneyl Foxe is heartbroken after the theft of her mother's ashes. 										        Photo: LOUISE DONGES

Janneyl Foxe is heartbroken after the theft of her mother's ashes. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO residents Janneyl Foxe and her father Harold were struck by a “disgraceful crime.”

A $1,000 reward is on offer for the safe return of the ashes of Ms Foxe’s mother who died four years ago.

Thieves broke into 83-year-old Mr Foxe’s Central Dubbo home on Thursday after he had left for dialysis and stole a wooden box which contained the ashes.

The memorial is a red mahogany varnished box with a silver plaque, an angel, photo of the late Mrs Foxe with her grandchild and butterfly and heart stickers.

The box was filled with a black and white photo of Mrs Foxe’s mother, father and sister and a double thick calico bag containing the ashes.

Ms Foxe wrote a goodbye letter to her mother on the bag in gold writing.

The incident hospitalised Ms Foxe with heart problems due to all of the stress and has heartbroken Mr Foxe.

“They’ve nearly caused me to die and they’ve just about killed my Dad,” she said.

“(My Dad) is beside himself, sitting at home crying all the time.”

Ms Foxe said she cannot understand why someone would break into her father’s housing trust home and steal something so invaluable to anyone but the Foxe family.

“What mongrel steals from the poor,” she asked.

“They stole a dead person, own up and bring it back.

“If they’re not human enough to own up they can leave it somewhere for someone to find... I just want it back.”

The $1,000 reward will be given to anyone that finds the information or provides information on the ashes’ whereabouts.

“They’ve nearly caused me to die and they’ve just about killed my Dad,(My Dad) is beside himself, sitting at home crying all the time.” - Ms Foxe

Ms Foxe said the large amount of money is a small price to pay for something so sentimental and invaluable.

“No amount of money could pay for them to be replaced- they’re irreplaceable,” she said.

“If I had a million dollars I’d pay a million dollars for them.”

A maroon suitcase with the tag “Harold Foxe” was also stolen which has lead Ms Foxe to believe her mothers ashes may be in there.

She said this has been a terrible journey for her mother’s remains: “No one deserves to be dragged all over Dubbo in a suitcase.”

“What’s the world coming to? It’s just sick.

“I want the people who did this to be caught, they’ve got to be stopped.”

Ms Foxe worries the prospect of the ashes disposed of in hard rubbish collections may limit her chance of finding them.

“I’m asking anyone and everyone to keep their eye out for the box and the suitcase,” she said.

“I just want the ashes back.”

Anyone with any information on the ashes is asked to contact Dubbo Police.

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