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Couple has daughter's ashes stolen
Reward offered for return
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Thieves stole something more valuable than jewels and guns when they broke into the home of a Woodland Hills couple.“Among the many things taken were the ashes of my deceased daughter,” said Barbara Black, who returned from vacation Feb. 7 with her husband, John, to find their home had been burglarized. “The ashes were in gold and ivory-colored urns in small boxes and were labeled with her name, Katherine Colleen Bissell.”A $5,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who broke into their home sometime between Jan. 20 and Feb. 7 while the couple was out of town. John says he will also reward anyone who can see to the safe return of the ashes.“The ashes were in a large safe the burglars unbolted from the foundation and used a handcart to take out to their car or truck,” Mr. Black said, noting the thieves apparently entered through a sunroom and went about systematically checking the residence.Also taken in the heist was a shotgun John said belonged to his grandmother which has sentimental value.