Woman's mother's ashes stolen, returned a few days later

Woman's mother's ashes stolen, returned a few days later

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"I'm happy. I am... woo! I'm happy!" said Swick after learning her mother's ashes were found by a neighbor. "I'm happy. I am... woo! I'm happy!" said Swick after learning her mother's ashes were found by a neighbor.
She got this text from her neighbor about the good news. She got this text from her neighbor about the good news.
© "She thought it was like bag of something else like chocolate milk or something and then we checked the box and it had the name on it and stuff," said the neighbor who found the box. © "She thought it was like bag of something else like chocolate milk or something and then we checked the box and it had the name on it and stuff," said the neighbor who found the box.

By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - There is now a happy ending to a story 6 News brought you previously.

Jeanette Swick contacted 6 News Thursday after her mother's ashes were stolen out of her car, pleading for them to be returned.

Saturday the ashes were found, and brought home safely.

"I'm happy. I am... woo! I'm happy!" said Swick.

Swick says it is a feeling of indescribable joy.

"I had faith that they would come back, but I just didn't know," she said.

Thursday someone broke into her car outside her home and stole one of the things most precious to her--her mother's ashes--but Saturday she got the call she could only hope for.

"He said, 'There's a cop here. We have your mother's ashes,' and I just started screaming and started dancing. I was just happy," said Swick.

Her neighbors Victoria Greenwood and Lance Carpenter are to thank.

On a walk down the street to catch the bus they spotted something out of place lying in a ditch.

"I walked about 10 steps away and then I realized," said Greenwood.

"She thought it was like bag of something else like chocolate milk or something and then we checked the box and it had the name on it and stuff," said Carpenter.

All it took was a little detective work, and pretty soon the ashes were back where they belonged.

"He started stopping cars to find out who drove the white Maxima to find out what apartment to go to," said Greenwood.

"Thank you Lord Jesus. I am glad that somebody somewhere saw something and decided to return it, and I knew someone had to have a heart," said Swick.

Swick took the ashes to her sister's house, but waited to tell her in person, sending her a text that said only "I have a miracle."

"Now we can actually finish and do the last wish that she requested you know to be sprinkled across my grandparents' grave and I'm so happy!" said Swick.

Greenwood and Carpenter say they are thankful they could help.

Swick says she plans to get a vile that she can keep with her to always have her mom with her again.

She also says the timing must have been meant to be because today is her aunt's birthday.

Swick says she will probably never know who took them or why, but she says it does not matter to her.

She is just happy to have them back.

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