Stolen Ashes Returned to Local Family

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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) *** Local Caption *** Peter DeLuca

    The case of the missing ashes in Alameda is partially solved. Over the weekend just before the memorial service for Marvin Hockabout was to begin his family noticed the backpack that contained two boxes filled with his ashes was gone.

    Someone found one of those boxes Tuesday night and called the Christ Episcopal Church in Alameda.  Alameda detectives said they have since verified the remains and notified the family. They were to return the box as soon as possible.

    Hockabout's family said they don't think the thief knew what was inside the backpack.

    Hockabout's widow said she planned a pilgrimage to several places around the world to scatter the remains. At least now she will be able to continue that effort.