A San Diego woman has put a call out on social media to help find her sister’s ashes, stolen during a car break-in near the U.S.-Mexico border.
For Alyssa Henderson, the death of her twin sister Monica is still raw.
“She was sassy, loveable,” said Henderson. “Her attitude made people laugh.”
The 23-year-old died on Sept. 24, 2015, from a liver disease she suffered since she was a baby. After she passed, Henderson, her sisters and her mom divided some of Monica’s ashes into a few pendants.
Henderson told NBC 7 she usually hangs her pendant around her neck or on her car’s rearview mirror, which is where it sat Tuesday night when she and her boyfriend drove to the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.
They crossed the border on foot to spend the night in Mexico. But when they returned Wednesday morning, they found one of the Toyota Corolla's windows shattered.
A thief had broken in to steal her boyfriend’s Adidas gray and black duffel bag, the keys to his 1988 Ford Ranger and 1997 Malibu, a gift for Henderson’s son and the ashes.
“I cried. I said, ‘My sister's ashes are stolen,’” said Henderson, “and I saw how his reaction was because he was like, 'Oh man, here comes the waterworks.' And I started crying. But it was really... it's just painful. Those are my sister's ashes. She just passed in September."
Henderson has reported the theft to the police, but they have no leads at this point.
“I’m always in my car,” she said. “There was like so many other things they could steal. I don’t know why someone steals my sister’s ashes.”