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Urn is returned to woman

June 02, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

An urn reported stolen from a Hagerstown woman's home in April was returned to her Tuesday after a Hagerstown Police Department detective found it hidden under some branches near railroad tracks in City Park.

Detective Jason Ackerman said an anonymous tip led him to the urn, which still contained the cremated remains of Joyce Rhodes' daughter, Tina Hawn Cafferio.

No charges have been filed, he said.

Rhodes reported that the urn, a laptop and some keys were stolen from her apartment in the 200 block of Summit Avenue in early April.

On Tuesday, Ackerman called Rhodes and told her he was coming over to her apartment, she said.

"I saw him coming around the corner with the urn in his arms," she said in an excited voice. Ackerman said he cleaned up the urn before taking it to her.

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"He really helped me out a lot, and I really appreciate it," she said.

Rhodes said the seal was broken on the urn, but her daughter's remains still were in a plastic bag inside of it.

The laptop and keys have not been found, Ackerman said.

Rhodes said she hopes they turn up, too, but is happy to have the urn back.

Rhodes said she has placed the urn in "a safe spot."

"This weekend, I'm taking her up to the mountains with me," she said.

Cafferio, Rhodes' only daughter, died May 21, 2003, from an accidental overdose of medication while living in Florida, Rhodes has said.

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