Stolen ashes returned

Posted: Sunday, August 27, 2006

FAIRBANKS - Two months after a burglar stole their daughter's ashes, someone placed the urn in its red velvet bag on the steps of a church several miles from Leo and Fredi Brown's home.

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"Someone must have had a glimmer of conscience," said Leo Brown.

The urn was placed on the front porch of Community Baptist Church in North Pole on Saturday. Pastor Morrie Fisher found them after arriving to check on a pig roasting for a barbecue.

The Browns discovered the ashes were missing after returning home from a weekend at their cabin at Quartz Lake in late June. They found that someone had broken in. Gone were Leo's guns, Fredi's jewelry and their daughter Carole's remains.

Carole was the middle daughter of three. She died a month shy of her 41st birthday after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

The couple figures the weight of the urn and the fact that it was kept in a red velvet bag led the thief to think the ashes were an object with street value.

The Browns were keeping her urn in an upstairs closet until they felt ready to scatter the ashes. They had almost given up hope when the call came that the ashes had been found.

The ashes were left at the church between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., according to Fisher.

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