Update: Feb. 12, 2014 - A duffle bag containing the urn stolen from the Ocean View Cemetery in Eureka has been found, but the cremated remains the urn contained are still missing, according to a post in the Times-Standard yesterday. The article reports that, "The police were contacted around 7 p.m. Sunday by a man doing renovations on a house on the 2900 block of B Street, who said he found the bag in some bushes a few days earlier."
Because the loved one's remains are irreplaceable and precious to the family, the Eureka Police Department is requesting that anyone with information that could help return them to the family call 441-4060.
The original post on this story appears below.
Desecration of the remains of ancestors is a taboo in most societies, including ours, so the question of motivation underlies an unusual theft from the chapel at the Ocean View Cemetery in Eureka. According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, footage from a camera revealed that last Tues. afternoon a white male in his thirties (shown in the photo below) stashed an urn containing the cremated remains of a deceased individual under a coat he was carrying and removed it from the chapel. The accompanying photo shows an urn similar in color and shape to the one stolen. The public is asked to provide the EPD with any information which may lead to returning the urn and remains to the family - call Officer Harkness at 707-441-4060. The full press release, including a description of the suspect, appears below.
EPD press release:
On 2-4-2014, between 3:00 – 3:30 PM, a male subject entered the chapel at the Ocean View Cemetery and removed an urn holding cremated remains.
The subject is described as a white male in his thirties wearing dark shoes with white soles, blue jeans, a gray hooded sweatshirt with writing on the front and a black baseball cap, when he enters. The subject changed his clothing to a grey short sleeved t-shirt with a checkered pattern on the front and donned a dark beanie cap with a white stripe. The suspect carried the urn away under a tan coat he carried with him.
Attached is a picture of an urn similar in shape and design to the one stolen.
The Eureka Police Department is asking for any information that could lead to the return of the remains to the family. If you have information regarding this theft, please contact Officer Harkness 707-441-4060.