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STOLEN URN: Widow offers $1,000 for return of remains

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To say that it's been a tough time for the Eriksen family would be an understatement.

Just days after an urn containing Dave Eriksen's ashes was stolen, his sister passed away. Now, his widow hopes someone will help reunite her with her soul mate.

Patti Eriksen told FOX 9 News she just wants her husband back, and she's willing to give anyone $1,000 for returning his remains.

"He was a racer. His passion was racing," she recalled. "He loved racing."

Dave Eriksen spent his entire life around the track, setting up cars for drivers like his son and daughter. Every step of the way, his wife was by his side.

"He was my soul mate," Patti Eriksen said.

After 36 years of marriage, Dave Eriksen was diagnosed with cancer. He died less than a year later in 2010.

"We go to the race track and I miss seeing him at the car," Patti Eriksen admitted.

Missing the man who loved racing so much is part of the reason his loved ones decided to cremate his remains. The couple's daughter, Jeni, keeps some of the ashes in her race car and -- until recently -- Patti Eriksen kept the rest in her bedroom.

"When I was feeling lonely or I felt I needed to talk with him -- I didn't feel his spirit with me, it was nice to go in there and say, 'Hey, honey,'" Patti Eriksen said.

That all changed on Feb. 11. Patti Eriksen left for Florida at 5:30 a.m., leaving the front door unlocked so that her nephew could get in -- but sometime that day, someone walked in and took her laptop, jewelry and the urn with Dave Eriksen's ashes inside.

"It's almost like we're going through the death all over again because he's not there," Patti Eriksen told FOX 9. "He is supposed to be there and he's not."

Family members have checked pawn shops, Craigslist, and any other place they could think of in the hopes of recovering the remains. So far, they've had no luck.

"I was supposed to be cremated and put with Dave's ashes," Patti Eriksen confided. "I can't join him in this physical form unless I get those ashes back."

That's why she's willing to give anyone a reward without any questions asked in order to be with her husband again one day.

"Nothing else you took matters to me," she said to the thief. "The only thing that matters to me is that urn with his ashes."

Thursday marks Jeni's birthday, and she said the best gift she could get is the news that her father's ashes are back at home.

Anyone with information regarding the urns whereabouts is urged to contact the Burnsville Police Department. Patti Eriksen can also be reached directly at 651-249-9163.

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