Stolen urn returned to grieving Scottsdale mother


by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on September 21, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 21 at 9:20 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A stolen urn containing the ashes of a 19-year-old Scottsdale man has been returned to his family.

Thieves made off with the urn Wednesday morning, stealing it from the nightstand of 19-year-old Cole Schelske's parents.  He died in July 2011 after an allergic reaction to medicine.

Debbie Schelske, Cole's mother, made a tearful plea on television Wednesday night.

"Just give someone the urn. It's all I have left of my son. It doesn't mean anything to you," Schelske told 3TV through her tears.

She was stunned when police walked up to her Friday night, holding the urn.

"I just broke down. It's like I have my family back," she said.

Police say a woman found the urn in a parking lot at a Mormon church in Mesa. Schelske believes the guilt got to the thieves.

"If I'd stolen ashes, I wouldn't want this on my conscience," she said.

The jewelry, electronics, and other stolen items from her home remain missing.