A Sydney woman is pleading for a thief to return her mother’s ashes after they were stolen from her Campbelltown home.
When Ercilia Rosano’s mother Elsa died three years ago she scattered her ashes inside a potted Christmas Cactus at her front door – something the mother and daughter had planted it together when she first came to Australia.
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At some point on the Thursday before last, the plant was stolen.
In desperation, the family have put up a heartbreaking sign, in the hope the person responsible will come forward.
“In the plant you stole are my mother’s remains. Could I please have her back?” the sign reads.
“I open my door and see, oh my Mum not here,” Ercilia told 7NEWS.
“I’m feeling like I lost my mum again. You understand? Very special. Every mum is special for yourself.”
The Rosanos believe the thief likely lives locally and is pleading for that person to return it or hand the plant in, no questions asked.
“I cried, because I can just imagine what it would feel like to have that taken,” local resident Jamie-Lee Sutton said.
“It’s not hard. Just put it back at night time so no one knows it was you.”