UPDATE (3/26/18 11:30 a.m.):
A priceless discovery erases some of a local families heartache.
The pendant, an urn holding the ashes of a 10-year-old boy, that was stolen from a Clarksburg woman’s car has been returned.
Stacey Bright said that after seeing WBOY’s story on Facebook, a local social media group reached out to her Friday afternoon stating one of its members from Barbour County had the urn.
Saturday, Stacey was reunited with the pendant. The member who returned the pendant wanted to remain anonymous.
Stacey was overjoyed and said, “Thank you to the angel who returned this!”
ORIGINAL (3/16/18 3 p.m.):
A local woman is asking a thief to return her son’s ashes with no questions asked.
“It made me feel like I lost him all over again. I mean I’ve got stuff. I got pictures, but I would not in a million years wish this on any parent,” said Stacey Bright.
Out of all the valuables that were stolen Sunday night out of Bright’s car, she said a thief took something that can never be replaced, her son’s ashes.
“Stuff was just everywhere, and I looked down in my seat,” Bright said. “I had two urns hanging from my rearview mirror. One of the urns was in my seat, and the other one was nowhere to be found in my car. My son was moving seats everywhere, and he said ‘Mom, why did they take Colby’s urn?'”
In November 2016, 10-year-old Colby Lee Pritt died after he was accidentally shot in the head.
“My family and I have come so far,” Bright said. “We have come so far in this last year and few months since the accident, and it just feels like I’ve been drug down all over again.”
Bright said she got into her car parked on Locust Avenue in Clarksburg when she noticed the center console was open. She then noticed that the cross containing her son’s ashes was gone. That’s when she said her heart sank.
“I’ve lost him all over again,” Bright said. “My head is going crazy with different thoughts. I haven’t been sleeping, and I haven’t had an appetite.”
Hoping to get the urn back, Bright turned to Facebook. Her post has been shared more than 3,000 times.
This hurting mother said she is willing to forgive whoever took the ashes.
“I’m going to go out on a limb here and say though, whoever did it, I pray for you every day,” Bright said. “That God will put conviction on your heart, and you will return that.”