NATIONAL NEWS

Family pleads for thieves to return stolen ashes of son who died 14 years ago

Feb 4, 2024, 2:24 PM

A heartbroken Davis family is pleading with thieves to return their son's ashes that were stolen ri...

A heartbroken Davis family is pleading with thieves to return their son's ashes that were stolen right out of their home. (KOVR)

(KOVR)

(CNN) — A heartbroken Davis, California family is pleading with thieves to return their son’s ashes that were stolen right out of their home.

He died in a tragic ski accident 14 years ago. Now his ashes are gone, too.

“I just hope that whoever has taken the ashes, that they bring them back to us. We want to have them back,” Lisa Yamauchi said. “It’s important to us.”

A mother’s grief is shared by a father and brother.

“Right now, we just feel horrible,” father Michael O’Brien said.

“It’s been 14 years, but not a day goes by without us thinking about him,” brother Kevin O’Brien said.

The family is saddened and stunned again. Photos show Richard O’Brien, who died in a ski accident 14 years ago. A life was stolen from his devastated family then. Now his ashes, kept inside a grey and blue box in a special case, were stolen by thieves, too. A precious lock of his hair remains.

“So that’s all we have left,” Michael O’Brien said. “It’s been 14 years since we lost our son, and having this happen just kind of re-awakened the grief that we experienced.”

Michael O’Brien showed how the thieves broke into his home, climbing up a backyard trellis and shattering a glass door on the home’s second floor before ransacking the bedroom and stealing high-priced jewelry along with the ashes.

“I can’t imagine why, you know? It just makes no sense. It’s just cruel, I mean, that’s what it is. It’s outright cruel,” Michael O’Brien said.

Davis police say the second-floor break-in is unusual.

The break-in comes following a series of home burglaries in the El Macero neighborhood a mile away. Investigators are working to see if there is a connection.

The family has motion detectors set up on their first floor, which may be why the thieves broke in and left on the second floor. The question is how did they know the layout so well?

“Just bring the ashes back, please,” Michael O’Brien said.

KSL 5 TV Live

National News

(Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)...

Associated Press

Toyota recalls 280,000 pickups and SUVs because transmissions can deliver power even when in neutral

The recall is to fix a transmission problem that can let the vehicles creep forward while in neutral.

13 hours ago

The defendants are accused of stealing software used to train Apache helicopter pilots....

Haley Britzky and Sharif Paget, CNN

2 National Guardsmen killed after military helicopter crash in Mississippi

Two National Guard members died after a helicopter crashed Friday afternoon during a training flight in northeast Mississippi.

15 hours ago

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 photo, containers holding frozen embryos and sperm are stored ...

Associated Press

Facing backlash over IVF ruling, Alabama lawmakers look for a fix

Lawmakers began scrambling for ways to protect Alabama in vitro fertilization services after multiple providers paused services in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos could be considered children under a state law.

19 hours ago

Beguiling Joshua trees and intriguing rock formations helped draw millions of vistoris to Joshua Tr...

Forrest Brown, CNN

The most visited National Park Service sites in 2023 are …

See what Utah National Park proved to be the most popular in 2023.

20 hours ago

FILE - The residence where a former funeral home owner kept a deceased women's body in a hearse for...

Associated Press

A former funeral home owner has been arrested after a corpse lay in a hearse for 2 years

A former funeral home owner accused of hiding a woman's corpse in the back of a hearse for two years and hoarding the cremated remains of at least 30 people has been arrested, authorities said.

20 hours ago

FILE: The University of Wyoming campus sign with the Wyoming Union in the background Friday March 2...

Mead Gruver

Highway crash in Colorado kills three University of Wyoming swimmers

A single-vehicle wreck on a highway in northern Colorado killed three members of the University of Wyoming swimming and diving team.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Family pleads for thieves to return stolen ashes of son who died 14 years ago