Angela Gooch lost her newborn twins back in 2007 when they died shortly after birth. Their remains were cremated and Gooch kept them in urns in her home.
"It's really helped me with my grieving process," Gooch said.
But when a late-winter heat wave took place last month, Gooch left a front window open. That's when thieves swooped in, stealing the urns and Gooch's precious memories.
"My heart sank. I just cried," Gooch said.
Gooch believes the thieves may have mistaken the urns for jewelry boxes, since they had a similar size and shape. She says the crime just rubs salt in the wound.
"It's one thing to be burglarized, but when it's something so personal to you that gets stolen that you may never get back, that's a totally different feeling," Gooch said.
Gooch says every day since the crime has been a struggle.
"It's been very hard. I haven't been sleeping too well at all and I just would like them back," Gooch said.
Even though it's been three weeks since the urns were stolen, Gooch is still holding out hope that whoever took them will return them.
"Every morning when I go to drop my kids off to school and go to work, I come out, I check around the house to see if maybe the urns have been brought to my doorstep," Gooch said.
In a word, Gooch says getting the urns back would mean everything. And she has a plea for anyone out there who knows where the urns are:
"If you have these ashes if you would please come forward and return them - no questions asked," Gooch said.
The incident happened in the small community of Thetford township.
Police are still investigating the case.
Their number is 810-670-3401 for anyone that has information.
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