The devastated mum of a two-year-old boy, whose ashes were stolen during a burglary in Leighton, has renewed her appeal for public support in finding the youngster’s remains.
On September 5 between 2.45 and 4.50pm, burglars broke into a house in Linwood Grove, searched the premises and stole jewellery left on a shrine to little Daniel Caird who died four years ago.
Taken from the shrine was a gold necklace with a gold teardrop pendant which has a small screw at the back. The pendant contains the ashes of Daniel. Also taken was a gold necklace with a heart shaped charm and a T-bar through the heart with the word ‘Mum’ written underneath. This was the last Christmas present the youngster gave mum Kelly before he died.
Also missing was a gold bracelet inscribed with the word ‘Mum’ which had been given to Kelly by her two young daughters.
The incident received huge media coverage from around the world but despite everyone’s best efforts, none of the items have been recovered. Detectives are once again asking the public to contact police if they see the trinket containing Daniel’s ashes.
DC Rachel Chandler, investigating, said: “This whole incident has been extremely distressing for the family given the huge sentimental value that the possessions stolen contain and that the anniversary of Daniel’s death came just a fortnight after the burglary.
“The thieves probably had no idea about what they were taking but I would appeal to them, or anyone who may have come into possession of these items, to hand them over to the police as quickly as possible so that we can reunite them with the family at this very difficult time.
“I’d also like to ask dog walkers, joggers or anyone else using open spaces to keep an eye out just in case the items have been discarded.”
Daniel’s mum, Kelly, said: “This burglary has been a horrendous ordeal for us to deal with given the nature of what has been stolen.
“Things such cameras, laptops and mobile phones can be replaced but losing Daniel for a second time is absolutely heart-wrenching and has left the whole family devastated.
“I’m appealing directly to the people who have done this to please, please return the pendant to us. It can surely be of little value to you, but it means the world to us.
“Please just put it in an envelope and pass it onto the police or to ourselves so that we can have Daniel back.”
DC Chandler added: “I would really like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the burglary or from anyone else who may have information – however small or insignificant they think it is – that could help us.
“Don’t dismiss your information as unimportant – even tiny details which don’t seem relevant now might become useful later on in the investigation.”
If you have information contact DC Chandler, in confidence, on 01582 394099, the non-emergency 101 number, text information to 07786 200011, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.