Woman's ashes stolen from car trunk in North Knoxville

Woman's ashes stolen from car trunk in North Knoxville

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Evelyn Lollar died in October after a battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. Her last wish was to have her ashes scattered over her parents' graves this summer during a family reunion. Evelyn Lollar died in October after a battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. Her last wish was to have her ashes scattered over her parents' graves this summer during a family reunion.
"They stole my mother's ashes," Jeannette Swick said. "They were in a cardboard box that said 'crematory' on it." "They stole my mother's ashes," Jeannette Swick said. "They were in a cardboard box that said 'crematory' on it."

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville woman is devastated after someone stole her mother's ashes. It happened sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday in the parking lot of her North Knoxville apartment complex.

Evelyn Lollar died in October after a battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. Her last wish was to have her ashes scattered over her parents' graves this summer during a family reunion. Until then, her daughter was keeping the box in the trunk of her car.

"They took the kids coats. I don't know what they need with kids coats. They took all the CDs out of the car," said Evelyn's daughter, Jeanette Swick.

Swick soon learned that wasn't the worst of it. The burglars who jimmied open her car in the middle of the night also popped the trunk.

"They stole my mother's ashes," Swick said. "They were in a cardboard box that said 'crematory' on it."

Swick had always planned to bring the ashes inside, until she narrowly avoided a wreck soon after she put the box in her trunk.

"I felt like she was there and that she was keeping an eye over me, telling God to keep an eye over me, so that's where she ended up staying," Swick said.

She never dreamed someone would steal that box.

"I'm hoping that somebody has a heart and realizes what they picked up and put them aside, or if they did throw them out, the garbage hasn't come by and picked them up, so I can get her back," Swick said.

Now she's begging the thief, or anyone who knows anything, to please return the ashes.

"Drop them off at my address. You don't even have to knock on the door. Just drop them there or put them on the back of my trunk," Swick said. "I forgive you, I'm not mad or anything, I just want the ashes back."

Several other cars were burglarized in that same parking lot Tuesday night. If you have any information, call Knoxville police at 865-215-7212.

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