Teen helps reunite woman with sister's missing ashes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A woman has been reunited with her sister’s ashes after they were stolen from her mother’s home earlier in the week. 

Tanya Thomas knew she’d somehow find them.

“I thought, 'We have to try,'” she said.

It wasn’t until a few days later that she heard the news. Seventeen-year-old Ilijah Farley was walking in his neighborhood when he found a box in the middle of a driveway. Inside the box, he found a bag of ashes.

He knew they belonged to someone when he saw a name written on the outside of the box.

"I mean, it’s just as important if someone would have found my grandpa on the sidewalk and did the same thing,” he said.

He turned the ashes into police.

Thomas heard the news and knew the ashes were her sister.

On Tuesday afternoon, Thomas picked up the ashes from the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office. She also stopped by Farley’s home to thank him.

Thomas is happy to have her sister’s ashes back, but the urn the ashes were stored in is still missing.

“We feel that there’s injustice because they took the urn and if they’d give us the urn back we’d be more happy,” she said.

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