A recently widowed woman in Altamonte Springs had the unthinkable stolen.
Patricia Picquet lost her husband Richard to lung cancer last year, on May 24. It was the morning after their forty-third wedding anniversary. Then last month, she lost him again to a thief.
"When I saw that, it was like losing him all over again," said Picquet. "At first I was angry. Now I'm just very, very sad."
Patricia and her daughter returned home from volunteering at the cancer center to find their home had been broken into.
"When I walked in this door, I saw this nightstand opened and all the clothes were pulled out," said Picquet.
Two guns and a custom box which contained her husband's ashes were gone. The thieves likely thought the urn was a jewelry box.
"It was a wooden box with a sail fish engraved on top of it. But it's sitting next to his picture with a prayer, the book he was reading, his glasses. It was sealed and they probably thought it was something very important," said Picquet.
That box was more than important to her. It was her way of still having her best friend by her side, and she had promised her Richard that he would always be with her.
"They were to stay in the house, until I passed, and then my daughter would take both urns to New York to the family plot. So if it doesn't come back, I'm going alone."
Picquet said the thought is devastating.
If you've seen that custom box, you're asked to call the Seminole County Sheriffs Office. A reward is being offered.