A Northwest Indiana man said he doesn't care about the electronics and jewelry he says were stolen from his home Thursday morning.
He just wants his wife's ashes back.
"If not for themselves or for me, then think about my 11-year-old son and what he's going through now that he's lost his mom," Christopher Washington said from his home Friday evening.
For seven years, Tracy Francisco Washington battled bone cancer. Earlier this year doctors said the beloved French and Spanish teacher had about a year to live, but she died unexpectedly in April, one day after coming home from the hospital.
She was cremated, and her remains were kept in a sealed, eight-pound cardboard box in a closet. Washington said he and his son were intending on spreading someplace special.
But sometime Thursday morning, thieves broke in the back door, trashed bedrooms, grabbed televisions and jewelry, and made off with the box containing Tracy's ashes.
After a hefty insurance deductible, Washington said he'll be able to pay for a new door and replace some of what was lost. But he's hoping that his late wife will be given the respect she deserves.
"We both just need some closure to this. We just want it back. No questions asked and we'll just move on with our lives," he said.