Infant's ashes from stolen urn found in Hauula

The urn that contained Horace Kahele's ashes
The urn that contained Horace Kahele's ashes
Leimomi Kahele
Leimomi Kahele

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

WAIALUA (HawaiiNewsNow) – Early Thursday night a Waialua family recovered the ashes of their infant son which were stolen from their home in Waialua the day before.

"If there's anything in the world that I could ever have, I would want that urn back," Leimomi Kahele told Hawaii News Now just hours before the ashes were found.

Leimomi Kahele was devastated when she realized the urn containing her son's ashes was among the items stolen from her home during a burglary Wednesday.

Horace Kahele was born prematurely in August, 2004. He lived just five days before his tiny fragile body gave out. But his spirit never left. The urn on his parents' bedroom dresser was a constant reminder of their first born child.

"It's what I woke up to every morning and what I went to sleep to every night," Leimomi Kahele said.

Horace Kahele's remains were found in a plastic baggie in Hauula along with other items taken from the home. The urn itself was not recovered.

"I've been a police officer for almost 20 years and there's probably only been a handful of cases that hits home like this one," Honolulu Police Detective Tommy Smith told Hawaii News Now while working on the case before the ashes were found.

Details on how the items were recovered remained sketchy Thursday night. It is possible publicity surrounding the case led the thief to surrender the items. As of early Thursday no arrests had been made in the case.

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