Thieves steal ashes from Seminole County widow

Deputies: Burglars ransacked 71-year-old woman's Altamonte Springs home

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - A Seminole County widow is devastated after burglars stole her husband's ashes from her home in Altamonte Springs.

Patricia Picquet, 71, is still coping with the loss of Richard, her husband of 43 years.

"I'm very sad and hurt because I miss him so much," said Picquet. "When he passed, he passed at 1:30 the day after our anniversary."

Just eight and half months after his death from cancer, Picquet is feeling his loss all over again after his urn was stolen Jan. 31.

"This is where the urn was. It was between the two fish," Picquet said as she pointed to a dresser in her bedroom. "I was in shock. I have to believe they didn't know what they were taking."

Deputies said burglars ransacked her home, stealing the wooden urn with her husband's ashes, while Picquet spent the afternoon volunteering with cancer patients.

The thieves also got away with two handguns and a radio.

For Picquet, the urn was a daily comfort.

"When I get up in the morning, I could look at something tangible and go touch the box or kiss it," Picquet said.

But now she worries what will happen when she's gone.

"I asked my daughter when I pass to have our ashes taken to the family plot and now he's not going to be there," said Picquet.

Picquet's only hope now is that the person who took the irreplaceable urn will give it back.

"If there's some way to get the ashes back, I don't care about anything else. He doesn't deserve that. He was a great man," said Picquet.

Investigators told Local 6 they had been following a strong lead, but so far nothing has panned out.

If you have any information contact the Seminole County Sheriff's Office at 407-665-6600.

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