UPDATED: Necklace containing ashes stolen


Update: St. Albert RCMP are now looking for a black Honda Fit car that was seen parked on the driveway on Monday with four teenage males in it.

A St. Albert man is pleading for the return of his late wife’s jewelry box.

On Tuesday afternoon, Corey Foy’s house in Deer Ridge  was broken into. Some of his most precious items, including a necklace containing his wife’s ashes, were stolen.

“They didn’t steal stuff that’s worth a lot of money but it means the world to us,” Foy said.

The person or persons responsible took a jewelry box from the master bedroom that contained Foy’s wedding rings, a Pandora bracelet with some charms, the pair of earrings his wife wore during the last year of her life.

“It was stuff that I was saving for my kids at special times in their lives,” Foy said.

A tree of life necklace pendant, which contained a portion of his wife’s ashes, was also taken.

The grieving husband said that his three teenage daughters are upset that the items have been taken and are scared that someone would break into their home.

Foy’s wife Elaine passed away in July 2016, just two days after her thirty-sixth birthday, following a battle with cancer.

“She cared about everybody, about everything. She was always the type that would go out of her way to do something for somebody who needed it. She wouldn’t hesitate,” Foy said.

Foy left his house for about 45 minutes to pick up some dog food from Walmart and when he came back around 2:30 p.m. he realized that his house had been broken into.

None of the electronics or large items are missing and Foy said he doesn’t believe whoever was responsible searched through the entire house. He said they went straight to the master bedroom where they searched his night stand for valuables and then left with a fireproof safe and the jewelry box.

“I’m hoping it will get returned or dropped somewhere where it can be found. It has more sentimental value than financial value,” Foy said.

Foy is asking the thieves to return the jewelry box to the RCMP or leave it where somebody will be able to find it.

“St. Albert RCMP are looking for everyone’s help in recovering the stolen property in this crime. Having a home broken into is painful enough, but losing the ashes of a deceased family member makes this crime unbearable,” said Corp. Laurel Kading of St. Albert RCMP.

Anyone with information  is asked to contact St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700 or the Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4550. Anonymous tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at www.tipsubmit.com.


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Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2016. She writes about municipal, provincial and federal politics; court and crime; general news and features.