Police find stolen car, but not wife’s ashes

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DETROIT, Michigan (WDIV) – Jim Meilenner’s wife Cheryl died six years ago and her ashes have been with him in a lovely wooden box ever since.

This week, Meilenner drove to Detroit for his wife’s mother’s funeral and brought the ashes with him.

“We brought the ashes because some family members had requested ashes for my mother-in-law’s cremation and also my wife’s cremation,” he said.

He parked his car in a driveway in an eastside neighborhood on Monday night. By early Tuesday morning the car was gone. Cheryl’s ashes were in the trunk.

Police found the car on Thursday, but the ashes were gone.

The family hopes those ashes can be found and turned over to the Edward Swans Funeral Home in Madison Heights.


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