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Monday, February 24, 2020

Tumamoc Hill Thief Breaks into Hiker’s Car, Steals Relative’s Ashes

VialJoanne Schultz of Tucson, Arizona usually hikes Tumamoc Hill with friends three times a week with no incident. Last week, however, the mother was shocked to come back to a shattered window of her vehicle and her purse missing.

But what was in the purse had more emotional value rather than monetary. "I had a bag of memento's including my daughter’s ashes in a vial in my purse because I carry her with me to Tumamoc,” Schultz said. Though affectionately referred to as daughter, Kaylie was Schultz's stepdaughter and had passed away in August 2019 at the age of 23. The purse itself was a Coach bag, but the ashes were inside of a small pink Victoria's Secret coin pouch.

Schultz sent out a plea that the vial of ashes be returned, no questions asked. "This vehicle will be here three days a week … and if they just left it anywhere on the car or near the car or whatever, I’d be grateful,” she said. They do have more ashes, but they would like as much of their daughter as possible.

See Karly Tinsley, Tumamoc Hill Thief Breaks into Hiker’s Car, Steals Relative’s Ashes, KOLD, February 18, 2020.


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