Heartbroken, but hopeful; Dad devastated after thieves steal daughter’s ashes during home burglary

Whittney& AddisonFranklin Police are investigating a home burglary where thieves took more from the family than insurance can ever replace. On 03/16/2015, sometime between 11am and 5pm, someone broke into the Tuck residence in the 300 block of South Margin Street. Joel Tuck arrived home to find his back door standing open, the glass broken out of it, and his daughter’s ashes gone.

“We’re just devastated by this,” said Tuck. “Our home was violated, and our things were stolen. Whitney’s ashes were inside her favorite pink purse, stolen from my room. I’m heartbroken, and just want her home.”

Whitney died in 2005, days after Christmas. She was 19 when she lost her battle to Leukemia. Whitney’s stolen ashes were in a matte black wooden box inside of the stolen purse. The box holding Whitney’s ashes is 8.5 x 11 inches, and about two inches tall. A second box, with the name “Duchess” engraved on the top of it contains the remains of Whitney’s puppy that died a short time after her.

Other items stolen include two flat screen televisions, several checkbooks, and a bottle of liquor.

A reward of up to $1,000 is available for information in this case:
Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000

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