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Brothers desperate for the return of their parents ashes after they were stolen

Posted at 10:55 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 10:13:45-04

CHANDLER, AZ — They were at the tail end of their days long journey across the country.

Bob and Tom Schram took off from their home in White Lake, Michigan with precious cargo in tow, heading to Baja California.

Their parents, Joyce an Harold Schram, had a home there- and spent a majority of their 40 years together by the water.

“Their wishes were to have their ashes spread on the sea of Cortez."

Joyce Schram passed away 12 years ago, after batting cancer. The couple, inseparable before then, and loved by many.

Harold Schram died in November.

The Schram sons made a pit stop in Chandler and stayed at the Quality Inn off Chandler Blvd and Kyrene Road.

“We kinda glanced outside to where the trailer was parked," said Bob Schram. "and it was gone. It was one of the worst feelings of my whole life.”

“It’s a pretty cruel thing," added Tom. "The ashes were in a locked box and they cut the locks off of that. I don't know why."

The Schram's called Chandler Police, who found the trailer within hours, but all their valuables: ATV's, boxes, and yes, their parents remains- were gone.

“ I can understand stealing the ATV's because they had some value, added Bob. "Who’s got value on my parents ashes, you know? Why they would take them is just beyond me.”

The Schram family is now in Baja California, hoping they'll hear if someone returns the urns- so they can say goodbye to their mom and dad.

Silent Witness is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information leading police to the missing urns, or to an arrest in this case. Call 1-800-343-TIPS (8477) if you have any information.