Police Seeking Thief (Nutjob?) Who Took Woman’s Cremated Remains from Minivan


The NYPD is asking for help finding a suspect who — um — stole cremated remains from a Chrysler Town and Country minivan parked at 582 Oak Terrace in the Bronx after the Sunday memorial service for 59-year-old Eileen Dashiell.

Dashiell’s remains were left inside of the van overnight (okay, bad idea), and when the family returned on Monday the front passenger side window had been broken and the remains of the deceased had been removed, along with some personal items.

The remains were inside a white cardboard box that was being carried in a green tote bag, pictured. If you happen to have snagged it, please, just return it.

“First I lost her,” Dashiell’s daughter, Jeanne Shuff, told The New York Post. “And then she was stolen from me.”

Also taken from the vehicle was a DVD player, camera, laptop, and sunglasses, leading cops to speculate that the thief thought the bag contained something valuable (and not human ashes).

Anyone with information is asked to call the New York City Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES), enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.