Woman reunited with sister's stolen ashes thanks to teen - KCTV5

Woman reunited with sister's stolen ashes thanks to teen

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A family has the ashes of their loved one back thanks to a public plea from the teen who found them.

Tips flooded in after Elijah Farley and his mother appeared on KCTV5 to talk about Elijah finding the ashes on the street while he was walking. The box had "Tina Manning" written on it.

The ashes were stolen late last week from a nearby residence where Manning's mother lives. Manning's sister, Tanya Thomas, believes a vagrant who wanders the area stole her mother's vacuum cleaner and other items late last week. But by far the most precious item stolen was the box of ashes.

"When she (her mother) first called me to tell me that my sister's ashes were gone, I was mad," she said. "If I could get a hold of the person I would tell them off. I would. For even taking it, for being in my mother's house."

While the family feared the ashes were gone forever, they did alert police.

"I thought, 'Well I have to try just in case somebody finds them. I have to try,'" she recalled.

Police returned the ashes to Manning's family. And a grateful Thomas met with Elijah on Tuesday.

"I'm so thankful. So thankful," she said to him.

The teen is just glad that Manning's ashes are back where they belong.

"It's good to know she actually got her sister instead of no one ever finding her," he said.

The person who stole Manning's ashes stole the urn and discarded it. Thomas said she and her mother would love to have the container back if possible.

"This is my sister, what's left of my sister. My only sister," Thomas said.

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