FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two people have been arrested for stealing the ashes of a Franklin woman during a home break-in earlier this week.
Officials told News 2 Christopher Gengler and Jwyanza Weaverwill be charged with aggravated burglary and theft.
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The ashes of 19-year-old Whitney Tuck were taken between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday at Joel Tuck’s home on South Margin Street.
He told News 2 his daughter died of Leukemia in 2005, just days after Christmas.
Whitney’s ashes were in a matte black wooden box that was 8.5 inches by 11 inches wide. It was kept inside her favorite pink purse and stored in Tuck’s room.
A second box, with the name “Duchess” engraved on the top of it, was also stolen. It contained the remains of Whitney’s puppy that died a short time after her. In addition to the ashes, the thieves took two flat screen televisions, several checkbooks, and a bottle of liquor from the Tuck home.
Authorities said Thursday the suspects dumped the ashes not knowing what it was.
Detectives have been searching in dumpsters in the area for six hours, but have yet to find the remains.