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Cremation Urns Taken During Burglary

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Posted: Feb 1, 2013 7:11 PM

Updated: Feb 1, 2013 7:25 PM

EDINBURG - A man has been left searching for answers after thieves took two urns with his brother's and mother's ashes.

Jaime Ovalle said he never imagined anyone would take the urns.

"My brother was on top right here and my mother was like right here," Ovalle said.

"It's hard enough to lose one, but then to lose both, it's kind of like losing them all over again," he said.

Ovalle said the urns made him feel close to his brother and mother.

"My brother was to be buried with me whenever it's my time and my mother was going to be buried with my father when his time came. Now what?" he said.

The thieves also took all his electronics.

"You can see right here what they had to do and how forceful it was," he said pointing at the door.

"They even broke up into the attic," he said.

Edinburg police said the burglary is a bizarre case.

"This is a first for us," Edinburg Police Lt. Oscar Trevino said.

"Our investigators are focusing on this case. We want to do the best we can to find the persons responsible and reunite the victim with his loved ones," Trevino said.

Trevino wonders is the burglars knew what they were taking when they stole the urns.

"It is a crime to disturb, to damage, or conceal human remains ... that also includes cremated remains," Trevino said.

Ovalle said he will not rest until his family is reunited.

"I could care less about the material things, I just want my mother and brother back," he said.

Topics: jaime ovalle, cremation urns, stolen, edinburg

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