DUBBO residents Janneyl Foxe and her father Harold have been struck by a “disgraceful crime”."
A $1000 reward is on offer for the safe return of the ashes of Ms Foxe’s mother who died four years ago.
Thieves broke into 83-year-old Mr Foxe’s central Dubbo home on Thursday after he had left for dialysis and stole a wooden box that contained the ashes.
The box was filled with a black and white photo of Mrs Foxe’s mother, father and sister and a thick calico bag containing the ashes. Ms Foxe wrote a goodbye letter to her mother on the bag in gold writing.
The stress of the incident hospitalised Ms Foxe with heart problems and she is heartbroken.
“They’ve nearly caused me to die and they’ve just about killed my dad," she said.
“[My dad] is beside himself, sitting at home crying all the time.”
Ms Foxe said she couldn’t understand why someone would break into her father’s home and steal something so invaluable to anyone but the Foxe family.
“What mongrel steals from the poor?” she asked.
"They stole a dead person, own up and bring it back.
“If they’re not human enough to own up they can leave it somewhere for someone to find ... I just want it back.”