Wednesday 26 October 2016

'I am delighted they are back where they should be' - Grieving widower's appeal for return of stolen jewellery holding ashes of late wife ends in success

Published 10/04/2015 | 10:47

Keith and Lorraine
Keith and Lorraine
Keith Nolan is seeking the return of this sentimental jewellery

A grieving widower is overjoyed that the ashes of his late wife and unborn child have been returned safely.

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"Woke up to find the capsule in my hallway under letterbox in envelope, was a bit mucky but cleaned now and polished," Keith Nolan said.

Keith had appealed to the public to return a capsule he wore around his neck on a chain that contained the precious remains of his loved ones.

The piece of sentimental jewellery was among the items stolen from his home in Waterford last Wednesday evening.

The necklace had been left draped across a photo frame which contained a picture of his beloved wife Lorraine.


Lorraine passed away last August, when she was five months pregnant with the couple's third daughter.

Keith, who now cares for their two daughters aged five and 16, was left devastated at the loss of the ashes.

However, he has now extended his thanks "to everyone out there for your prayers very kind messages and media for sharing the post pleading for the return of ashes of Lorraine and baby".

"I am delighted they are back where they should be," he said. 

Although other stolen items, including the chain that was attached to the capsule, have not been returned, Keith has no wish to pursue the matter further.

"[Thanks to the] research and help from the people of Tramore word was put out that i didn't want names etc just the ashes back," he said.

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