Family Seeks Public’s Help in Recovery of 87-Year-Old Woman’s Ashes

A family in Glendale is asking for the public’s help in recovering a stolen urn that contained the ashes of a beloved grandmother.

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The family of Lois LaRocco are pleading for the public’s help to find who stole her ashes. (Courtesy of Lily LaRocco / October 2, 2013)

The theft occurred Sunday night outside their home in the 1200 block of Ruberta Avenue, family members said. Thieves reportedly broke into the family’s minivan about 10 p.m. and stole a purse, jewelry and the 8-by-11-inch navy blue leather urn, which contained the ashes of 87-year-old Lois LaRocco.

Her relatives had been planning a memorial this weekend for the matriarch, who died Aug. 28 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Her stepdaughter Lily LaRocco said she felt “really, really sad in my heart that I was entrusted to handle her and she was supposed to be with me and now they’re gone.”

“Just drop it somewhere,” said Steve Legino, Lily LaRocco’s husband, making a plea for the urn’s return. “It’s not a hard item to find. Just leave it on any corner, store, parking lot, somewhere. We’ll find it.”

Anyone with information about the theft was asked to contact Glendale police at (818) 548-4045. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Glendale Crime Stoppers at (818) 507-7867.

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