Daughter: Please Return My Mom's Ashes

Monday, Mar 8, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM PDT
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Daughter: Please Return My Mom's Ashes

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 20: Funeral director Peter DeLuca, owner of Greenwich Village Funeral Home, holds a cremation urn in the showroom of his funeral parlor on November 20, 2008 in New York City. New technologies, such as flat screen televisions for video memorials, ornate and even sports-team themed cremation urns are also slowly being introduced at funeral homes. Despite the currently languishing economy, the funeral home world is readying for an upswing nationally, as the recession-resistant business prepares for an expected rise in death rates as baby boomers start to reach old age in the coming decade. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

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A Northern California woman is glad her stolen car was found, but she is still missing something that matters much more: her mother's ashes.

Kaydee Pickerel of Sacramento reported her Oldsmobile Intrigue stolen Thursday morning. It was taken in the 2900 block of Leonor Drive.

Later on Thursday, police found all of Pickerel's belongings, except for the urn, in another stolen car a block away from where Pickerel's car was taken. The theft appears to be part of a string of vehicle thefts.

"I don't need the car back," said Pickerel, 24. "I need the yellow bag that was inside of it back."

She said she feels "violated" by the theft.

"We wanted to go to Santa Cruz and distribute the ashes," she said. "Why I had them in my car, I don't know. But I kind of kept them ... with me."

On Saturday night, police found Pickerel's car parked outside an empty home on Binghampton Drive, but the urn was not inside.

Calvin Norse, who lives next to the empty house, said his 1991 Dodge Dakota was stolen the same day Pickerel's car showed up.

Norse thought the car looked suspicious and called police.

Pickerel is now pleading for mother's ashes to be returned.

"If you have a mom or a dad or a child, you'd want to give them the right goodbye. So, you know, do that for me," Pickerel said.

Anyone with information may contact Crime Alert at 916-443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

This article originally appeared on KCRA.com.

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