Family asking for stolen remains of their mother returned


NEWBURGH, Ind (WEHT)– A Newburgh family made a heartbreaking discovery after learning one of their vehicles had been broken into. Jeff and Liz Hamm are still mourning the loss of their mother but over the weekend, their grief worsened when someone broke into Jeff’s truck and stole his mother’s ashes.

“My soul’s gone, I feel dead inside,” words from a son grieving the loss of his mother for the second time.

Bridgette Hamm passed away from heart failure last December. Her son, Jeff Hamm, was holding on to her remains while the family decided on a final resting place. The family says Jeff took his truck to a repair shop over the weekend. They say the truck was locked and a window was smashed in and someone stole personal items. One of them, the ashes of his mother.

“I was in shambles man. I was at my truck just crying. I couldn’t speak,” Jeff recounts later.

Jeff wasn’t able to explain to his sister Liz what happened, but when she learned, she couldn’t believe it.

“I was more shocked. Like trying to get understanding of why someone would do this. Is this real?” Liz said. “[It’s] like a rewind of everything happening all over again. We lost her once and now this? I don’t understand why anyone would do it.”

The brother and sister describe their 57-year-old mom as a kind and caring woman. Someone who would give to anyone and who had a rough go of it when it came to her health.

“It’s pretty hard losing your mom one time, but the second time around it’s more devastating,” Jeff says.

And with a holiday around the corner this second loss strikes the Hamm family harder.

“I really want my mother back. Mother’s Day is coming up and I have nothing to resemble my mother anymore,” Jeff cries.

He says the box with the ashes taken was marked. They were planning to pick an urn, “it literally says cremated remains on it with a labeled address to return it to.”

And they don’t care who did it or why, “just return my mother to me.”

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(This story was originally published on May 7, 2020)

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