Father pleads for twin daughters' stolen ashes to be returned
Published Tuesday, March 22, 2016 8:58AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, March 22, 2016 2:47PM EDT
An Edmonton man is asking for the public's help after his home was broken into and several items were stolen, including an urn containing his twin daughters' ashes. He fears that social media posts about his whereabouts may have tipped off the thieves.
Jeff returned home on Sunday to find his house had been ransacked.
The thieves made off with some money and jewelry, but, most importantly, they took a heart-shaped urn containing the ashes of his twin daughters, stillborn to Jeff and his wife four years ago.
"Someone just walked into our house (and) trampled all over (and) went through our things," he told CTV Edmonton. "We don't care about anything else … wedding rings can be replaced but the urn can't."
Also troubling, Jeff says, is that the thieves may have been tipped off by a post he wrote on Facebook that said he was going out for a jog to "de-stress."
He had also been posting about going to Hawaii to meet his wife this week. His wife has been there caring for their son who fell ill while on holiday.
Jeff says he's concerned the thieves may be people he knows.
"I think somebody on there could see that our house would be empty… somebody we know may have done this," he said.
He is now making an appeal on social media to have the urn returned.
"If the public knows anybody or sees the urn, we hope that they bring it back," he said. He said the family will also be checking pawn shops to see if it turns up.
Linda Hoang, a social media specialist with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, says over-sharing information on social networks is a common mistake.
"I think it's hard because everyone is so social now," she said, noting the common practice of posting all of your plans and daily actions to Facebook.
She recommends individuals concerned about their privacy do a simple Google search for their name. If they can find out where they live based on a Google search, they should take steps to scrub that information from their social media accounts.
With files from CTV Edmonton's Shanelle Kaul