Widower to Thieves: Please Return Wife's Cremated Remains

Tracy Francisco Washington, a beloved school teacher, lost her battle with cancer six months ago

By Natalie Martinez
|  Saturday, Nov 13, 2010  |  Updated 10:01 AM CDT
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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.

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.

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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.

"I told my son since mommy wasn't able to make that trip, that me and him would make that trip and put some of her remains in Paris, France and others of them in Spain.

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.

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