Woman Begs For Return of Stolen Necklace Holding Son's Ashes, Thief's Decision Leaves Mom in Tears


Choking back tears, a West Virginia mother tried to explain her feelings when her young son’s ashes were stolen out of her car. “It made me feel like I lost him all over again,” grieving mom Stacey Bright managed.

It was Nov. 2016 when Bright’s 10-year-old son Colby passed away from an accidental gunshot wound to the head. Bright felt like she and her family had just started to heal when a thief broke into her car on March 10.

Someone had ransacked her vehicle and stolen a cross necklace, which was actually an urn containing Colby’s ashes.

Nothing could replace what the thief had stolen, leaving Bright once again broken and drowning in sorrow.

“I mean I’ve got stuff,” Bright said, motioning to photos and memorabilia of her late son. “I got pictures, but I would not in a million years wish this on any parent.”

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In shock and disbelief, Bright tried all avenues of communication to plead for the urn’s safe return. Social media users shared Bright’s plea, and local news station WBOY covered the story.

Bright’s hope was that someone, somewhere would see her face and have a change of heart.

There would be no questions asked, only forgiveness for the thief and gratitude to hold her son’s remains close to her heart once again.

“I’m going to go out on a limb here and say though, whoever did it, I pray for you every day,” Bright told WBOY. “That God will put conviction on your heart, and you will return that.”

Two weeks later, Bright’s prayers were answered. Someone had seen her story on social media, and decided to act.

A young man from Barbour County, who requested anonymity, found Bright’s crucifix urn. The man reached out to a local Facebook group, asking for help in coordinating the urn’s return.

A local church offered to intercept the urn and return it to Bright. It wasn’t long before a teary-eyed Bright was holding her necklace once again, a relieved and satisfied smile crossing her weary face.

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“Thank you to the angel who returned this!” Bright exclaimed. It took many people to rally around Bright, but the effort was clearly worth it.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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