'We want him back,' Marysville family hopes thieves will return stolen ashes

MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- On October 5th, thieves broke into a home and stole a 400 pound safe that contained the ashes of a loved one.  The family is devastated and pleading to have the ashes returned.

Deirdre Thomason was out shopping with her daughter when they returned home and noticed a light was on in the garage and immediately realized something wasn't right.

"My eyes went where the safe was and then I was like you know..just devastated," Deirdre said.

Inside the safe were the ashes of a her husband who passed away in 2012.  Along with some of her husbands belongings, there was more than $40,000 worth of jewelry and other items.

"It makes me feel horrible.  I felt like i was the care taker of my husband and I failed at doing that job and there were things in there that i was going to give my children and they would pass down o generation to generation and there gone now.. I don't think they will ever be found," Deirdre said.

The family was in the process of moving and put all of their most cherished items inside the safe.  It was bolted to the ground so they felt it was secure.

So far police were able to track down a person of interest.  A 19-year-old woman who was caught trying to sell some of the jewelry at a pawn shop in Everett.  For the family, that really isn't whats truly important.  They simply want the thieves to return the ashes.

"There is not victimless crimes.. my husband was a victim in this.. my children are and I am, and we don't want to be victims. We want him back."

If you have any information about this case you are asked to call 9-1-1.