Stolen vehicle with items from baby's funeral found, but keepsakes gone

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28 2014 5:25 p.m. MST

Krystle Cordingley misses her 13-month-old son, Corbyn. He died Oct. 18, 2013. Mementos from his funeral were in her car, which was stolen overnight Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. It has since been found, but the mementos are gone.

James Young, Deseret News

SOUTH OGDEN — The mementos are gone.

Police found Brock and Krystle Cordingley's vehicle Tuesday in the middle of Ogden. Unfortunately, all the sentimental keepsakes from the funeral of their 13-month-old son, Corbyn, they had left in the car were gone.

“They left anything that didn’t have any sentimental value to it, and took all the sentimental stuff out and probably threw it away because they were heartless and just wanted to cause pain,” Krystle Cordingley said.

Police say the vehicle was found around 1 p.m. on the 500 block of 27th Street. The vehicle wasn't damaged, but everything inside was taken.

The Cordingleys are not giving up on getting their mementos back. They are asking anyone who lives in the Ogden area to be on the lookout in their Dumpster for a Myers Mortuary packet and a garbage sack that has an 18-month-old little boy's pajamas in it.

During an interview Sunday, the Cordingleys remembered Corbyn as a smart and loving boy.

“He was my baby boy,” Krystle Cordingley said, holding back tears. “We were so close, and he was my little buddy.”

On Oct. 18, she came home from work. Her husband had already put Corbyn to sleep in his crib, and she went to check on the little boy.

“I found him face down in his crib,” she said. “I immediately started CPR on him, but I knew he was gone at that point."

Corbyn was taken to McKay-Dee Hospital Center, where doctors tried to revive him for more than 30 minutes. Autopsy results came back inconclusive. The parents still don't know what caused Corbyn's death.

They keep memories of Corbyn alive with photos and videos.

Some of the last items his parents had to remember him — Corbyn's favorite snack, Goldfish crackers, as well as keepsakes from his funeral and the last pair of pajamas he wore — were in the back of their vehicle.

The items remained in the car for several months because “emotionally, I couldn’t move them yet,” Krystle Cordingley said.

The Cordingleys had gone to the gym Saturday night and then parked in front of their South Ogden condo near 18th East and 5600 South. When they went to go to church the next day, their 2011 Subaru Forester was gone.

"I don’t understand why somebody would be so heartless to take a car they could very well see that a child is in that car, belongs in that car, and they took it anyway,” she said.

The couple has their vehicle back, but the mementos may be gone forever.

Anyone with information on the vehicle and where it was found is asked to call police at 801-629-8221.

Contributing: Devon Dolan

Email: vvo-duc@deseretnews.com

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