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Stolen human ashes found after being 'mistaken for drugs'

The box of ashes was stolen from a van in Pittsburgh.

THE CREMATED ASHES of a man have been safely recovered, following a theft in which the remains are thought to  have been mistaken for drugs.

Robert Smith kept his father’s ashes in a memorial box in his van in a suburb of Pittsburgh, until they were stolen from the vehicle on Monday.

The box was later found discarded in a local park, and Smith believes someone mistook his father’s ashes for a powdery drug like heroin or cocaine. He said:

You know this is a high drug area… It’s sad.

Smith says his father died in June at age 75. Since then, the ashes have been kept in a box in the centre console of his van.

He discovered the ashes missing shortly on Monday afternoon, and they were recovered in a park about seven hours later.

Police are investigating the theft.

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