Thieves took various objects from the home of the Kramer family in Lodi CA. But the suspects decided to leave the most important item in a mailbox. That 'drop off' has left the family happy and grateful.
The remains were found along this road in rural Lodi and it was by people who had no idea what it was, or who it belonged to.
"Just an everyday thing to come check the mail, and there was a gold box in there," recalls Mel Davis.
Mel Davis didn't know what this strange gold box was shoved inside his mail box.
He remembers, "[I] Made a joke about it someone sent me a gold bar, because this thing was heavy."
But his family had other fears.
Kathy miller opened the box. She says , "My sister thought that's a bomb. It has to be a bomb."
So they opened it and found ashes.
Miller continues, "My daughter had called and I told her what happened. She had seen it on Facebook from a friend of hers that was a friend of Debi."
Debi and Chuck Kramer were desperate to find the remains of their son Jimmy, who had died from cancer just four month earlier.
Chuck Kramer, Jimmy's father says, "It looked like they came through the garage door."
Jimmy's urn was stolen from their home along with other property while they were vacationing in Monterey.
Jimmy's mother, Debi Kramer says, "I was just devastated."
Soon Davis and Miller got ahold of the Kramers who have Jimmy back plus some new friends.
Kramers say they are not worried about the other items they lost, since they got the most valuable item back.