Wichita woman desperate plea for help after thieves steal father’s urn

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WICHITA, Kansas — What’s suppose to be a night of enjoying fireworks with her family downtown turns into a nightmare for Melissa Stout when thieves took off with her father’s urn and now it’s a night she will never forget.

Melissa Stout parked her car downtown near Gander Mountain and she couldn’t believe what she saw when she returned.

“I’ve been blaming myself for leaving him in my car,” said Melissa Stout. “My bad judgement made me lose him.”

Melissa Stout is fighting back the tears Friday evening and it will be the first night in four years that her father’s ashes won’t be by her side.

“I learned to realize just carrying him gave me some comfort because at least I can talk to him and have a place to go,” said Stout.

Her father passed away from cancer four years ago and since then she’s been carrying his urn in her purse for safekeeping.

A police report shows thieves smashed her car window and took off with her purse Thursday night.

Not realizing the urn was inside of the purse.

“I had a bunch of paper work, my kids social security number, money, money orders for rent that don’t matter,” said Stout. “My windows it don’t matter I just want my father.”

The black and gold urn is similar to her brother’s and Stout fears the thieves may have tossed it out.

“I’m scared to death that he’s in the trash and that’s what I do not want,” said Stout. “He deserves better than that and without having him I feel lost it’s like losing him all over.”

But she’s praying for a miracle.

“More time is passing and I think there won’t be a chance to get him back home,” said Stout. “My father would be left in the dump somewhere is eating at my heart.”

Stout and her family spent a couple of hours Friday morning searching for the urn within five blocks of the parking lot, but no luck.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.


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