Devastated Croydon mum appeals for 18-minute-old daughter’s ashes to be returned after burglary

A devastated Croydon mum is urging the burglars who snatched the casket containing her 18-minute-old daughter’s ashes to return it to her.

The woman returned home from holiday in August to discover her house had been burgled and that the casket was taken along with items of jewellery and a sports bag in Famet Close.

The small white box was clearly marked with the victim’s daughter’s name which is ‘Fleur Lulu Blanshard Whiting’, the date of her death 9 May 2009  and her age of death –18 minutes.

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Officers believe it is likely that the burglar or burglarss may have mistaken the casket for a jewellery box.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Gordy Ashton, from Croydon CID said: “The victim has been left devastated by the loss of her daughter’s ashes and we are appealing for information or assistance from members of the public to bring about the return of this item and to identify those responsible.

“The burglary took place between 9am on Saturday August 8 and 7pm on August 11 and we would like to hear from anyone who may have noticed anyone acting suspiciously during this time at this location.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who may have come across or seen a box matching the description to contact us.”

“The burglar may have left the scene through Riddlesdown Common which is a vast area and used by members of the public.

“The container may have been discarded when its contents were discovered. I would like to her from anyone who thinks they may have seen the container.”

No arrests.

Detectives from Croydon are investigating, no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information can contact Croydon CID on 101 quoting reference CRIS 3823504/15.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at

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