Wednesday 21 February 2018

'They're the only pictures we have' - Couple appeal for thieves to return phone with priceless photos of late daughter

Mark Rowan pictured with his wife Cheryllee and children Marshall (5), Arthur (4) and Ivy Rose (2)
Mark Rowan pictured with his wife Cheryllee and children Marshall (5), Arthur (4) and Ivy Rose (2)
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

A couple have appealed to thieves who stole a mobile phone containing the only photos of their late daughter to return the device's "priceless" SD card.

Mark and Cheryllee Rowan were devastated when they discovered the pink Huawei phone was taken from their vehicle in Tullamore Town Park on Monday as the device contains the "only photographs" of their daughter Amber Rose, who died in 2014.

The couple, who live near Kilbeggan in Westmeath, said the phone contains more than 3000 photographs of their baby daughter, who passed away aged one month.

Although the area has signage which says it is protected with CCTV, the cameras did not capture the incident.

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Speaking to, dad Mark said: "They are the only photographs we have of Amber Rose. There's more than 3000 photos on it. They used to upload to Dropbox automatically, but that became full and the phone just became out of sync.

"For us it isn't about the stolen phone or the stolen wallet. That's only money. It's the SD card in the phone that is priceless to us. No amount of money will ever replace those pictures."

Mark and Cheryllee, who have three other children, Marshall (5), Arthur (4) and Ivy Rose (2), urged the thieves to right their wrong and return the precious SD card to the family.

"We're not asking for the phone back. I have made my address pretty public for them to return that card. All they have to do is drop it into the post or drop it into a local shop with a note, no questions asked. I'm not looking to get anyone in trouble, we just want those pictures of Amber Rose back," he said.

The dad said the incident was even more painful as it occurred in the days before what would have been their little girl's third birthday.

"Fingers crossed they will see they're wrong and take the chance to right it," he said.

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