[UPDATE: The box with the ashes were returned to the police and the mother told FOX5 she was expecting to pick them up.]
A mother from El Cajon is completely distraught after her storage unit was ransacked and among the items missing were her daughter's ashes.
Lori Palsrok and her fiancé discovered their storage unit at Public Storage at 1510 N. Magnolia Avenue was ransacked Wednesday. Several irreplaceable items were stolen including her infant daughter's ashes.
Palsrok's daughter was born and died on the same day in 2003. She was premature and lived about an hour. Palsrok has treasured her little girl’s ashes and stored them in a hand-decorated white box, because she couldn’t afford an urn.
"To have lost her and never really have held her face or told her I love her -- to have that one tangible thing to go to when everything was falling apart was just really special to me," Palsrok said with tears in her eyes. "I don’t have that anymore.”
As a way to save enough money to get their own place, Palsrok and her fiancé are camping in Lakeside while storing everything they own in a storage unit. Palsrok checked nearby dumpsters for her belongings and the box of ashes, but didn't find a trace.
The thief who broke the hinges off the storage door also left fingerprints and blood, Palsrok said.
San Diego Country Sheriff’s Department confirmed they are investigating the robbery.
Among the other items stolen are Palsrok's wedding dress, furniture and the suit her fiancé wore when he graduated from a rehab program.
Palsrok is pleading with anyone that might know where the ashes are located. She fears the criminals don’t know they have her daughter’s ashes because she kept that special box wrapped up and stored in a laundry basket.
“Drop it off at a church, a gas station, a police station; I don’t care,” she said.