A mum-of-four who had her purse containing her father's ashes stolen has had her 'faith in humanity restored' after a teen reunited her with it.
Jody Frisby was heartbroken when she realised her purse had been pinched as she enjoyed a day out at a park with two of her children, her sister and her kids.
It was as the 35-year-old was preparing to leave the Film in the Park event in Melton, Leicestershire, on Saturday, that she flew into a panic when she couldn't find it.
Jody's "heart sank," reports Leicestershire Live.
She wasn't bothered about her bank cards, but the precious pouch containing dad Ian's ashes, who died when she was two.
“As I was getting my things together in preparation to leave at about 9pm, I realised my purse was not where I had put it," recalled Jody.
“I knew there and then it had gone. I searched everywhere but it was no good.
“My heart sank, as a bag of my dad’s ashes were in the purse.
“I never got to know him, but I like to carry a bit of him about with me wherever I go."
Jody said that when she discovered the theft, she was "absolutely devastated".
"I didn't really care about the bank card or other documents in the purse as they can be replaced. My dad’s ashes can’t be replaced," she added.
“I have a sprinkling of his ashes in a clear plastic bag with a little silver angel to watch over him.
“To some people it may sound a bit odd, but I don’t care.
“I never really knew my dad so this is my way of having him with me wherever I go."
Family and friends helped Jody search for her purse but they drew a blank.
Then a police officer, who was on patrol at the event, approached Jody.
He asked her if she had lost a purse, as one had been handed in.
“I had to tell him that it was my purse and that it had a bag of powder inside which was not drugs but my dad’s ashes," she said.
"I cried and hugged him so hard.”
Criminology student Poppy Gadd had found the purse and handed it over to police officers.
The 19-year-old, from Melton, said: “I was walking my dog past the swimming baths in Melton when I saw the purse in the middle of the path, and at first thought it was odd.
“I was a bit dubious about picking it up because of where it was. People were just walking straight past it.
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