Daughter whose mother died of breast cancer begs for vicious thieves who stole her AS to return them
Devastated daughter whose beloved mother died of breast cancer begs for vicious thieves who stole her AS to return them so she can finally be put to rest
- Grace Daley’s mother’s ashes were stolen, along with two boxes of family photos
- A box was found scattered along a nearby nature strip, but there was no urn
- Jane died during Covid-19 and the family waited for a good goodbye
A woman whose mother died of breast cancer pleaded with heartless thieves who stole her ashes and boxes of family photos from her car to return them.
Grace Daley’s red Mazda 3 was in the parking lot next to her apartment complex in Richmond, West Melbourne, between 7pm Friday and Saturday afternoon, when criminals broke in.
They stole an urn containing the remains of her beloved mother Jane, who died in Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, and two boxes of irreplaceable photos.
Due to the city’s strict Covid restrictions at the time, the family had waited to give their beloved mother a proper broadcast.
Now the heartbroken 36-year-old said she felt she was “abandoning mother” and begged the robbers to return the ashes so that her family can give Jane a proper funeral.
Pictured: Grace Daley, whose mother’s ashes were stolen between Friday evening and Saturday morning
“ I was quite inconsolable and emotionally drained yesterday, feeling like I was going to abandon my mother, ” said Ms. Daley 9 News on Sunday.
“When I had to call the family and tell them, especially my brother and my dad, that the ashes were gone and Mom’s pictures were out of the car … that was extremely difficult.”
Shortly after discovering that the urn was missing, Ms. Daley found one of the boxes of photos strewn across a nearby nature reserve – but there was no sign of the urn.
Ms Daley’s mother, Jane (pictured), died of breast cancer during Covid-19’s incarceration in Melbourne last year
The urn and two boxes of photos were taken from the back seat of Mrs. Daley’s red Mazda 3 (photo)
The family waited until Covid-19’s lockdowns were over to give Jane a proper memorial service and scatter her ashes as a final gesture.
Ms. Daley said her mother loved mountains and wanted her ashes to be released along the picturesque Black Spur Drive, northwest of the city.
“I really need that shaft so I can do it for Mommy,” she said.
Police released an image of a similar looking urn (photo right) in the hope that someone would recognize it. Pictured left: Mrs. Daley’s mother, Jane
When she addressed the thieves who took Jane’s remains, she said it was a “very painful experience” and urged them to consider the situation in the context of their own family.
Police released an image of a similar looking urn in a statement on Saturday.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.