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Urn returned: Stolen ashes reclaimed after 4 years by surprised Corpus Christi dog owner

(AP Photo, file)
Urn returned: Stolen ashes reclaimed after 4 years by surprised Corpus Christi dog owner
Urn returned: Stolen ashes reclaimed after 4 years by surprised Corpus Christi dog owner
(AP Photo, file)

(CBS/AP) CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The ashes of a man's beloved dog disappear from his burglarized car, never to be seen again.

Um, correction. A South Texas man has recovered the ashes of his beloved dog four years after an urn was stolen from his car in Corpus Christi.

Here's the tale...

Police Lt. Lauren White says when a car was burglarized in 2007 the car's owner contacted police to track down a stolen urn, but the trail went cold.

A chaplain at Texas AM University-Corpus Christi later found the urn and its contents on campus, along with a note from the anonymous burglar expressing remorse. The urn was turned over to a funeral home.

Police thought the remains were human - reasonably enough - and last week they asked the public for help in locating the owner.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported Tuesday that the dog's owner, whose name wasn't immediately released, read a news story about the urn and contacted police, and was reunited...sort of...with his beloved pet.