Heartbroken parents renew appeal for return of son’s ashes stolen in Highgate burglary

15:07 31 March 2014

This box containing the ashes of baby Oliver Ryan McElligott was stolen during a burglary in Highgate in February

This box containing the ashes of baby Oliver Ryan McElligott was stolen during a burglary in Highgate in February

MPS Press Bureau

The parents of a child whose ashes were stolen have issued a renewed plea for their return.

Amanda Ryan and Daniel McElligott’s home in Stoneleigh Terrace, Highgate, was broken into on Thursday, February 6 this year.

A small white casket containing the ashes of their stillborn son Oliver Ryan McElligott with his name on the front was taken along with mobile phones, jewellery, and laptops.

The date of Oliver’s death on July 19, 2011 was also on the casket and it is thought the burglar may have mistaken it for a jewellery box.

Investigating officer Det Con Ursula Surgenor, of Camden CID, said: “The victims have been left devastated by the loss of their baby’s ashes and we are appealing for any information or assistance from members of the public to bring about its return and to catch those responsible.

“The burglary took place between 3pm and 5pm on Thursday, February 6 and we would like to hear from anyone who may have noticed anything or seen anyone acting suspiciously during this time, at this location.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who may have come across or seen a box matching the description to contact us.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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