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Heartbroken daughter's plea to car thieves to return necklace containing mother's ashes

Laura Kearns 16th Aug, 2018

A HEARTBROKEN daughter has made a passionate plea for thieves to return necklaces containing her late mother’s ashes.

Linzi Toon was enjoying a holiday in Spain celebrating her 30th birthday when she received a call from police saying her car at back in Warwickshire had been involved in a crash after being stolen.

Linzi instantly thought about the two necklaces which she made a last-minute decision to leave in the Honda Civic as she thought they would be safer than taking them abroad. The two custom made pendants had been created of her mum Melanie’s Jones’ ashes after the 54-year-old died last year following a long illness.

Linzi, who manages The Lamplighter pub in Stratford, said she decided to park the car at her friend’s house in Welford – but it was stolen and was later found crashed into a tree in Dorsington.

She told the Observer: “When I got the call I was just devastated and felt so angry and upset.

“As soon as we got back I went to get my belongings from the police compound expecting the pendants to be there but they had gone. Everything was in there except the two necklaces. They were the only two things I hoped would be recovered from the car. I just broke down crying when I realised.

“I am offering a cash reward for their return. My mother passed away last year and if anyone has a heart and knows of the whereabouts of them please get in touch. It might not sound like much to people but these are the closest things I have to my mum.”

In May Linzi and her brother Sam went to Wales, where their mother was born, to spread her ashes on what would have been her 55th birthday.

They kept some of them and Linzi had recently had them turned into a necklaces so they could each still feel ‘close’ to her.

Linzi added: “We wanted the pendants as keepsakes of my mum – she didn’t have many personal belongings when she passed away. They are priceless to us.”

Anyone with information about the pendants is urged to call police on 101.

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