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Kelowna woman looking for stolen cartridge filled with grandfather's ashes

RyLeigh Paziuk kept her grandfather's ashes in a .300 Savage cartridge, similar to the one on the right in this photo from Wikimedia Commons.
April 16, 2019 - 6:30 PM

KELOWNA - RyLeigh Paziuk's grandfather, Ernest Kinch, was a big hunting fan. When Paziuk was eight years old, Kinch passed away. Her family decided to honour him and his love of hunting by filling a .300 Savage cartridge with his ashes. It has his name and birth and death dates etched on its copper casing.

Paziuk, now 21, always keeps her grandfather close. She often hangs the memento on the rearview mirror in her car.

"It has tons of sentimental value," she said.

On April 10, Paziuk parked her car off Richter Street overnight. When she came back in the morning, she discovered someone had broken into her vehicle and ransacked it. A void cheque, identification card, tent and several other items had been stolen. The rearview mirror had been ripped off. Worst of all, the .300 Savage cartridge was gone.

"I didn't think anyone would take it," she said.

On April 11, Paziuk received a call from a CashMoney store on Harvey Avenue that told her someone had just tried to use her void cheque and identification card. Paziuk spotted a woman who was identified as the one trying to use the card and cheque at the CashMoney. Paziuk took a picture of the woman and waited for the police, but the woman got into a car and drove off before officers arrived on the scene.

In an email Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey confirmed they received a report of attempted fraud in the area at that time. RCMP are looking into the theft.

Paziuk lost a lot of personal and important items due to the theft, but the cartridge with her grandfather's ashes is the number one thing she wants back.

"I don't care about anything else," she said.

Anyone with information about the theft can contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

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