Ashes stolen

Fam­ily ap­peals to thieves to re­turn their loved one

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Scott and Re­becca Cul­hane re­ceived the worst part­ing ‘gift’ from the Fin­ley com­mu­nity they could ever imag­ine.

The pair have had to make their way to their new home in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory this week with­out know­ing where the ashes of Scott’s step­fa­ther Mel Hol­ness have ended up.

The ashes were stolen from a stor­age fa­cil­ity in Fin­ley, where they were keep­ing their be­long­ings be­fore the move, in mid-De­cem­ber.

They were dis­cov­ered miss­ing just two days be­fore the Cul­hanes left for a fam­ily trip over Christ­mas.

Mrs Cul­hane said they had hoped the ashes would have been found by their re­turn from hol­i­days, but she said the ‘‘dis­gust­ing’’ theft is still hang­ing over their heads.

The Cul­hanes are now plead­ing with any­one in the com­mu­nity who knows where the ashes are to be please hand them in.

Mrs Cul­hane said the ashes were in a box that looks very sim­i­lar to a jew­ellery box, but can­not be opened.

‘‘The ashes were in some­thing that looks very much like an an­tique jew­ellery box, and it was wrapped in a blue and black flan­nel check shirt that be­longed to Mel,’’ she said.

‘‘The box has no latches, which is how it was given to us af­ter the cre­ma­tion.

‘‘We were go­ing to scat­ter his ashes be­fore we left for the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, and we had it in a box at the very back of the stor­age shed.

‘‘It’s just dis­gust­ing. That box has no value to any­one ex­cept us.

‘‘We don’t care if we never see the other stolen items again, but we do want the ashes re­turned.’’

The Cul­hane fam­ily’s boxes and fur­ni­ture had only been moved into the Howe St, Fin­ley stor­age fa­cil­ity weeks be­fore it was bro­ken in to.

Mrs Cul­hane said the items only had to be stored for one month af­ter their home sold and be­fore this week’s move.

The Cul­hanes had been stay­ing with friends in Fin­ley in the mean­time and were reg­u­larly vis­it­ing the shed to pre­pare for the re­lo­ca­tion and to sell off un­wanted items.

‘‘We went to the shed on De­cem­ber 12, and then when we went back about 7.30pm on the 13th we no­ticed the break-in. ‘‘They lit­er­ally went through ev­ery box. ‘‘Scott was meant to spend his last day at work on the 14th, but he could not go be­cause we had to spend that time repack­ing ev­ery­thing.

‘‘And we did not want to leave any­thing there af­ter that.

‘‘Some of our items had been bro­ken, my jew­ellery box con­tain­ing a few watches and some sen­ti­men­tal items like medals were taken, other jew­ellery, a Play Sta­tion 3 and some gar­den lights were also miss­ing.

‘‘Noth­ing taken had any real value — it’s mostly all of sen­ti­men­tal value.’’

Mrs Cul­hane said given ev­ery­thing was ran­sacked, it seems like the thieves were look­ing for some­thing in par­tic­u­lar.

She does not be­lieve any other sheds at the stor­age fa­cil­ity were bro­ken into, and can see no rea­son why theirs was tar­get­ted.

Any­one who can as­sist with the re­turn of Mr Hol­ness’ ashes is asked to take them to Fin­ley Po­lice Sta­tion, where of­fi­cers will ar­range for them to be re­turned to the fam­ily.

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