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Stolen ashes leave Vancouver family heartbroken

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A southeast Washington family has been left heartbroken after burglars stole their loved one's ashes, among other belongings.

Cyndi Johnson says her family discovered the break-in at her mother's home in northeast Vancouver the night before Thanksgiving.

The intruders ripped flat-screen TVs off the wall and swiped money and jewelry. But it wasn't until Johnson's mother shined a flashlight on the fireplace that they realized the thieves also took an urn containing the ashes of Jack Johnson, who died of leukemia a few years ago.

Cyndi Johnson says she's devastated over the loss of her father's remains.

"It's hard to know that someone took items that were worked hard for, but to also take someone from us that's already been taken once," she said.

The Johnson family is hoping the urn will be returned to them.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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