Virginia Couple Pleads For Return Of Their Baby's Stolen Ashes

Monday, May 12th 2014, 5:54 pm
By: News 9

A Virginia couple lost everything they own on a road trip through Oklahoma.

Already down on their luck, Roger and Melissa Brown were surprised to find their car stolen from a parking lot near I-40 and MacArthur, Sunday.

"We don't know what to do from here," Melissa Brown said.

Brown said they had only enough money to pay for a night's stay at a hotel. The couple said they've had a long streak of bad luck; losing their home, their jobs and their unborn baby.

"Things have steadily gone downhill from there," said Melissa.

So the Browns loaded up their car - with everything they owned – and headed west for Amarillo. Roger Brown planned to accept a job offer there but the couple didn't make it that far.

The brakes on their car went out on I-40 in Oklahoma City. They parked the car overnight and planned to replace the brake pads and get back on the road. The next day, the car was gone.

"When they stole my car, they basically stole my life," Melissa reported the car stolen to the Oklahoma City Police Department. She informed the officer everything she owned was in the car.

Brown said the officer then warned her about gypsy tow trucks - criminals who haul off abandoned cars to cash in on the scrap metal.

Still, Police have no suspects or leads. So, Brown is begging the thieves to salvage and return only her most important possession- a box of her stillborn baby's ashes, pictures and other mementos.

"It feels like I just lost my baby all over again. It makes me nauseous to think that some ignorant criminal has my son's remains and doesn't know how precious and how much they mean to me," said Brown.

The couple cannot spend too much time grieving the loss of the remains. They have to find their next place to stay. So they are asking Oklahomans to keep an eye out for their white Ford Taurus with Nebraska plates.

If you have any information about the stolen car call Oklahoma City Crime Stoppers at 235 -7300.

A donation fund has been set up at to help the couple.