Ashes of man's mother stolen 0
Mike Desjarlais holds up a picture of his mom, Dianna who passed away recently, at his front door of his home where his car containing his mother's ashes was stolen. DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI Agency
CALGARY - Still grieving the loss of his mother, a Calgary man is devastated after his company car was stolen with a box containing her ashes.
And now Mike Desjarlais is begging for the thief to return the precious, irreplaceable cargo.
"I don't care about getting my car -- I just want her back," said the stricken son.
On Friday, his birthday, Desjarlais went outside his home to let his dog out at 8 a.m. only to discover the car, a 2010 black Nissan Sentra with Wurth Canada logos, gone.
It wasn't until later, while getting ready to have lunch with his brother, that he realized what else had been taken from him.
"I sat there and I'm like, 'Oh no, they have my mom'," he said. "And I had a mental breakdown and I just didn't know what to do."
His mom, Dianna, passed away last July at age 71 after suffering a massive heart attack in her home.
Desjarlais had her ashes in his front seat of his car because he had taken some out to give to his sister who moved to Edmonton on Saturday.
He was going to also give some to his three sons.
"I wanted to do something special with some her ashes for them so they always have her when they get older," he said. "I was going to put them in little urns and seal it and always have it with a pic of my mom.
"I want them back so the boys have something when they get older."
The ashes were in a regular box in a blue velvet bag because he hadn't yet bought an urn.
"Because I wasn't too sure what we were going to do -- I know my family wants me to bury her out in Saskatchewan but I'm not ready to let her go yet," he said.
He said the last few days have been terrible for him and he has lost sleep over the ordeal, which he has reported to police.
"I'm dreaming about it, that I'm not going to get her back," he said. "I feel like the worst son in the world because I lost my mom."
The car also contained a laptop, some tools and Van Halen tickets, all items Desjarlais insisted can be replaced.
He just hopes the thief will return the one item that is irreplaceable.
"Someone is bound to see it -- maybe the thieves are going to have a heart," he said. "I would be happy if they just put it back on my doorstep.
"I just want her back."
If you spot the car or have any information, call police.