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Woman loses mother’s ashes, roommate loses family heirloom ring in break-in

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Police are looking for a suspect who broke into a southeast Portland home and stole something worth everything to a young woman, her mother's ashes. (KPTV) Police are looking for a suspect who broke into a southeast Portland home and stole something worth everything to a young woman, her mother's ashes. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Mandy Opp was understandably devastated after the duplex she shares with a roommate near Southeast 69th and Woodstock was recently broken into.

The suspect came in through a cracked front window and left with Opp’s iPod mini, $700 of her roommate’s vacation savings and some spare change.

If that was extent of the loss, Opp said she might have been okay.

"I got home and unlocked the door and the door was unlocked already," she recalled. "I looked over and saw the jewelry box her ashes were in and I opened it and they were gone."

Opp’s mother's ashes, kept in a red felt bag with a little drawstring, were gone.

A mother of six, she passed away after battling cancer when Opp was barely nine years old.

"I felt as if something had just been torn from me, and I'm really glad my roommate was here because it was a pretty tough time," she said

Her roommate McKinlee Laney also lost something priceless in the theft, a wedding ring that belonged to her fiance's grandmother.

"It's not a super expensive big ring aside from sentimental value," Laney said.

Police checked the area but said neighbors didn't see a thing.

With no leads, Opp and Laney are hoping someone will come forward to help bring the ashes and the wedding ring back home.

"I don't want to be scared living here, and she by far doesn't deserve anything like that to happen,” Laney said. “No one does, I guess."

Investigators think whoever stole the items thought the ashes were drugs.

Police are asking anyone with information to call in their tip to 503-823-4357. Officer add that anyone can return the stolen items anonymously as well by just dropping them off at any police station.

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