Daughter’s ashes stolen during Middle Tennessee home break-in

Whitney Tuck

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – Franklin police are investigating a home burglary during which thieves took ashes belonging to a woman who died of cancer 10 years ago.

The burglary happened sometime between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday at Joel Tuck’s home on South Margin Street.

Police said Tuck arrived home to find his back door open, the glass broken out of it, and his daughter’s ashes gone.

Tuck’s daughter Whitney died of Leukemia in 2005, just days after Christmas. She was only 19 years old.

“We’re just devastated by this,” said Tuck. “Our home was violated, and our things were stolen. Whitney’s ashes were inside her favorite pink purse, stolen from my room. I’m heartbroken, and just want her home.”

Whitney’s ashes were in a matte black wooden box inside the purse. The box holding Whitney’s ashes is 8.5 inches by 11 inches wide and about two inches tall.

A second box, with the name “Duchess” engraved on the top of it, contains the remains of Whitney’s puppy that died a short time after her. It was also stolen.

Other items stolen include two flat screen televisions, several checkbooks, and a bottle of liquor.

Anyone with information on the theft is urged to call Franklin police or Crime Stoppers 615-794-4000. A $1,000 reward is being offered.

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