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Man reunited with wife’s ashes taken in burglary

The ashes of a man’s spouse, taken along with other items when someone broke into his home last month, have been returned to him.

“I got her back and I’ll sleep better tonight,” Noah Strickland told News Center 7’s Jessica Heffner on Tuesday.

Strickland’s home on South Belmont Avenue was broken into on May 22. He had left it unlocked that afternoon to run to a friend’s house.

Thieves took some items, including a blue velvet bag with gold rope ties. Inside that bag was a small plastic box that held the remains of his wife, Christine.

The residence is her childhood home. She spent the last nine months of her life in a hospital, where he said she told him, “when she died, she wanted to come home.”

The search went cold until recently, when Clark County sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant on the residence of a person suspected in the burglary.

Among the items seized in the search was the blue velvet bag and the box that contained the ashes of Strickland’s wife.

When Springfield police checked the evidence log filed as part of the criminal case, they notice the item, contacted Strickland and returned the ashes to him on Tuesday.

“I appreciate them so deeply. They did their job,” Strickland said of the sheriff’s office and police division.

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