Having been placed at West Norwood Columbarium 2 years ago, we discovered my father's urn missing when my mother went to visit it on Tuesday just gone (18th Feb). My mother goes up every week and last went on Friday as it was Valentine's Day when everything (the urn and a small photo of my father in a frame) was still in place.
The police have been called in to investigate but given that the cemetery is a public place with no CCTV, there are no leads for them to go on. It was very strange that a couple of DVDs in a plastic case and a chocolate was left carefully in its placed so does not come across as an act performed by reckless kids or drunken person. Whether or not racially motivated we do not know.
Strangely enough, my father's photo had been taken 3-4 times in the last 18months, each time unexplained and never found. We deeply hope that we will be able to find my father's urn - untampered, but unlikely. However through the publicising of this incident through your paper we are hoping that if anyone at least tries to sell / dispose of the urn for money or any other reason we can track them and at least get some answers as to what has happened to my father's remains.
The photo is of a similar urn to that of my father's - it is a pale cream/beige/light green mottled marble urn. Quite heavy and about 30cm in height. It has gold leaf writing with my dad's date of birth & death and name in chinese writing in a column down the front of the urn and it was sealed with white tape.
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