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Stolen ashes of baby found on Oahu beach

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Dec. 16 2011 3:10 p.m. MST

Leimomi Kahele holds a picture of her son Horace, who was born 15 weeks premature in 2004 and died shortly afterwards, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, in Waialua, Hawaii. A ceramic urn holding Horace's ashes was among the items stolen Wednesday during a burglary of the Kahele's home. The 25-year-old mom wants the urn returned, no questions asked. Along with friends and relatives, the Kaheles spent Thursday afternoon scouring Waialua's back roads for signs of the discarded urn or its contents.

Marco Garcia, Associated Press

HONOLULU — An infant's ashes that were stolen from a Hawaii home have been found at a beach and returned to the baby's mother.

Honolulu police say a woman found the plastic bag containing the remains of Leimomi Kahele's five-day-old son, who died in 2004, while walking on the beach Thursday.

The bag was perched on the bottom step of some stairs leading to the beach. It was protected from waves and nestled near a photo album that also was taken during the break-in at Kahele's home.

The 25-year-old Kahele said Friday she thinks the careful positioning of the remains shows the burglar "knew what they did was wrong" and wanted to return the ashes.

Kahele's house was ransacked during the burglary Wednesday. The urn carrying the ashes was stolen, along with some cash, a DVD player and other belongings.

Police are still investigating.

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