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Tucson woman pleads for return of dad's stolen ashes

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A Tucson woman is devastated after thieves broke into her home and stole her father’s ashes.

Leslie Janes Moll was returning to her midtown home from a few days out of town when she realized someone had broken in.

“I opened the gate and I looked inside, and right away I notice the TV is gone,” she said. “And they totally trashed the house, it looked like a bomb had gone off.”

Leslie said the break-in was the last straw. She decided to pack up the house and move out.

The thieves took thousands in jewelry and electronics. But it wasn’t until a few days later, as Leslie packed up her remaining belongings, that she realized something truly priceless was missing- her father’s ashes.

“My heart just dropped,” she said. “We were non-stop going through every single box looking to see if I could find his ashes and they were gone.”

Leslie’s father, Edward, died one year ago. The family had plans to put his ashes inside a stone for a memorial garden.

“I miss him. And there’s a part of me that feels guilty, even though I know that’s not logical,” she said. “There's the violation of having your possessions taken. But to have my dad be taken is just absolutely heartbreaking.”

The Tucson Police Department is investigating the burglary. Leslie is pleading with the burglars to bring back the ashes.

She said they can leave them on her former doorstep at 4559 East Malvern Street, with no questions asked. Or they can be left at her neighbor’s home at 4553 East Malvern Street.

“They can have my purses, they can have my jewelry; they can have whatever electronics they found. I don’t care,” Leslie said. “But I want my dad back.”  

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