THE CREMATED ASHES of a man have been safely recovered, following a theft in which the remains are thought to have been mistaken for drugs.
Robert Smith kept his father’s ashes in a memorial box in his van in a suburb of Pittsburgh, until they were stolen from the vehicle on Monday.
The box was later found discarded in a local park, and Smith believes someone mistook his father’s ashes for a powdery drug like heroin or cocaine. He said:
You know this is a high drug area… It’s sad.
Smith says his father died in June at age 75. Since then, the ashes have been kept in a box in the centre console of his van.
He discovered the ashes missing shortly on Monday afternoon, and they were recovered in a park about seven hours later.
Police are investigating the theft.