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Deputies say apology note leads them closer to ashes, urn

MATT STEINER Updated: January 15, 2011 at 12:00 am

Six days after an urn was taken from a home in Black Forest, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office thought the wooden box and the ashes of Bob Herrle’s wife were safe again.



Unfortunately for Herrle, the find proved to be nothing more than an apologetic note from the burglars, or someone else who might have had the ashes in their possession.

“We were close,” Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lt. Lari Sevene said with disappointment in her voice. “By all appearances, it seemed like the people were trying to return it and then here we are and we still don’t have it.”

The Sheriff’s Office received a call from Colorado Springs police early Saturday afternoon. Police said they had received a call about a canvas bag found outside Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 5055 El Camino Drive, in central Colorado Springs.

When the police arrived, all they found was a bag with a note, but no urn.

According to Sevene, the note said somebody had found an urn and it said, “once they realized what it was they treated it with the utmost respect,” Sevene said.

Upon receiving the news that all leads hadn’t been exhausted, Herrle suddenly had new found hope.

“Overall, I didn’t have high hopes at all,” he said. “It’s very encouraging that it’s still milling around somewhere.”

Herrle was at church Sunday when a pair of burglars ransacked several homes on Delwood Drive and Spiritwood Loop in Black Forest. Other Delwood Drive homeowners, Larry and Deborah Bowin, also had their house burglarized.

The Bowins have offered a $1,500 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the criminals. The Bowins’ daughter in law came face to face with one of the intruders. She said he was a tall, white man with what appeared to be acne on both cheeks.

The Bowins stressed that their main concern, however, is the ashes of Terry Herrle who died Jan. 1, 2009 of ovarian cancer.

Bob Herrle was mulling whether or not to match the $1,500, but as of Saturday, he hadn’t made the commitment.

While Sevene and the Sheriff’s Office hope to catch the burglars, they are also concerned with Herrle getting the urn back.

“Ultimately we just want it returned,” Sevene said. “If someone comes across it at yet another location. We don’t want them to handle it, we just want them to call us.”

Anyone with information leading to the location of the urn or the suspects should call the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at 390-5555.

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