Stolen remains recovered by alert FOX 25 viewer

Stolen remains recovered by alert FOX 25 viewer

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OKLAHOMA CITY -

Police say they've recovered the ashes of a woman that were stolen Tuesday from a house near Lake Hefner on Tuesday after they were found at an apartment complex in southwest Oklahoma City.

80-year-old Don Wearmouth told police when he returned to his home in the 9800 block of Hefner Village Drive Tuesday, he found his front door kicked in. When he entered the home, he noticed several items were stolen, the most important of which were the ashes of his wife, Karin. Don and Karin had been married for 30 years before she died in May 2012.

"I am afraid they probably opened it up and didn't know what they had, and threw it away," Don Wearmouth told FOX 25's Mark Taylor Tuesday  night.

On Wednesday morning, a FOX 25 viewer, Clara Colbert, called to report she and her boyfriend found a box on the steps of her apartment in the 2100 block SW 46th street in Oklahoma City. Colbert said she picked it up because it was getting wet. After seeing our story Tuesday night, the woman called our newsroom.

"I feel bad for him. His wife, that's his wife and if it was my family I would want that back," said Colbert.

When police arrived, they confirmed the ashes are those of Karin Wearmouth. The urn was taken to the police station for Don to pick-up.

"All I can say is it's unbelievable. I couldn't believe it at all," he said.  

There are still no suspects for who burglarized the home and stole the ashes and other items. Anyone with information is urged to call Oklahoma City Police hotline at 405-235-7300.

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