LEXINGTON, N.C. -- A local
man is in desperate need of your help. His mother's ashes were stolen.
told WFMY News 2's Chad Silber, police are not doing what they can to recover
It goes back to the case's
police report. Despite the ashes still missing, the report states that the case
is closed. Police said 'case closed' does not mean 'case closed.'
a physically sickening feeling knowing that somebody could steal a person,"
said Aiden King, of Lexington.
An empty box is all that's left of his mother. When his mother Barbara died in
August 2012, her family had her remains cremated. They were stored inside a
container in a box at Aiden's home. During a burglary last month, the container
went missing, along with several electronics, weapons and personal items. A
couple weeks ago, police arrested a suspect and recovered some of Aiden's
"More importantly, my mother is still missing," said Aiden. "That's the most
important thing that's missing."
Aiden says Lexington Police aren't doing their best to find the remains. "The
case is not closed until my mother is brought home," said Aiden. "Making an
arrest does not close this case."
Lexington Police wouldn't go on camera, but told us they understand the
family's frustration and are doing what they can to find the container. A
captain in charge says he hasn't seen a case like this in his 23 years on the
"Somebody knows something and they need to speak up," said Aiden. He hopes
someone will come forward so his family members can put this difficult time
"How can you steal a person?" asked Aiden. "It was bad enough that she was
gone, now she's literally gone."
Shaw sits in jail right now.He's the man charged with three felony counts in
the case. Police said they've asked Shaw about the ashes. He denies even
burglarizing the home.
Police and Crimestoppers are offering a $2,000 reward for anyone with
information that leads to an arrest involving the stolen remains.
WFMY News 2