CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Cape Coral man is heartbroken tonight after someone stole thousands of dollars worth of valuables. Among the missing items - his daughter's ashes.
Joel, who only wanted to be identified by his first name, said his daughter Ashley was his entire world. "She was a sweetheart, she was a cheerleader," Joel said. "She was going to become a nurse too."
Ashley died when she was just 24. He holds on to everything that belonged to her and everything that helps him remember. Especially, a heart-shaped necklace with her ashes inside. "There's no price you can put on them," Joel said. "If she would've touched it, if it would have been a penny, I'd have had it in my pocket."
But last month, a thief broke into his mother's car and stole the necklace, along with various medications, jewelry and legal documents he had stored inside a lock box. Joel was in the process of moving from North Fort Myers to Cape Coral, car load by car load. His mother was in the hospital at the time. So upset by the crime, Joel said he suffered a seizure.
"To them, they probably seen a couple dollars worth of brass, whatever they can take," Joel said. "That's what they were looking for. They didn't care about the ashes or anything. It hurts a lot."
Joel believes the thief or thieves broke into the locked vehicle sometime between February 14th and the 25th. While most of the nearly $3,900 worth of stolen items can be replaced, all Joel wants back is what's irreplaceable, and to his family, priceless. "Bring them back, leave them here in the car port or the porch, and I won't have nobody track them, I won't track them myself," Joel said.
If you know anything about the stolen items, call the Cape Coral Police at 574-3223, or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 800-780-8477.