A woman who was left heartbroken when thieves stole her mother’s ashes is ‘beaming’ after the urn was returned to her garden following her plea on social media.
Sophie Edmonson, 42, was distraught when burglars arrived in a white van and broke into a garden office on her farm in the village of Wicken, Northamptonshire.
Police said the robbers, who broke in while the family were sleeping nearby, then took off jewellery and other sentimental items, including handwritten notes written by her dead mother and a USB with bedtime stories recorded for her grandchildren.
The carved wooden urn, decorated with leaves, mice and flowers, had been designed by Ms Edmonson’s mother, Hannah Aquarone, before she died from pancreatic cancer in 2017, aged 65.
On Monday morning, however, the missing container was miraculously found by the family under some scaffolding on the farm. The relieved daughter told the BBC: ‘I’m literally beaming from ear to ear, I honestly wasn’t holding out any hope.
‘I didn’t really expect it to come back, if I’m truthful, but [I] was always hopeful that it might.
‘They’ve still got all my jewellery from her, handwritten notes and voice on a USB stick but if I had to pick I would go for the ashes.’
The shocking return came after Ms Edmonson shared her desperate plea to find the earn on social media – with the post being shared nearly 5,000 times, with strangers expressing disbelief that someone would steal something so sentimental.
She said: ‘It’s really tough. It’s something you could never imagine would happen. The chances of us getting it back are very small, but I’m clinging on to that.’
The thieves were caught on CCTV outside the family’s home before leaving the office ‘in a mess’ during their six minute rampage.
‘It was in a state after. So disrespectful. My four children’s memory boxes and items were scattered and thrown around,’ Ms Edmonson added.
Alongside the irreplaceable urn, the thieves took tools and building materials, children’s clothing, cleaning products, a vacuum and a TV.
A charm bracelet, gifted to Ms Edmonson when she was just seven-years-old was also stolen and is yet too be returned.
The bespoke earn was created by Ms Aquarone in the months before she died.
Her daughter said: ‘She knew she was going to die. She was very brave thinking about every detail so we didn’t need to. We were incredibly close.
‘I was pregnant with my daughter at the time. Mum died six weeks before she was born. We named her Hannah after my mum.’
Officers are still investigating the break in which happened on the property of Wicken Park Road on October 29 between 1am and 3am.
Police are looking for a long-wheel-based white van, that could have been a Ford Transit or Mercedes Sprinter.
MailOnline has contacted Northamptonshire Police.