June 7, 2023

Kent Keller, PIO
Greeley Police Department
(970) 351-5387, Desk
[email protected]

GPD Detectives Recover The Ashes of Vehicle Theft Victim’s Parents

GREELEY, Colo. – On April 28, Kimberly Magnusson reported her Hyundai Tucson stolen from West Greeley. Kimberly was in town from Texas to pick up the ashes of her deceased parents. Along with her parent’s ashes, there was an American Flag that was given to her family as her father served in the military.

Greeley Police officers and property unit detectives from our Investigations Unit spent weeks tracking down leads, speaking with people, and working to identify a suspect. Then on May 27, almost a month to the day later, officers from the Hudson Police Department contacted the stolen vehicle in the parking lot of Loves Travel Stop.

Through Hudson Police Department’s investigation, a male suspect was contacted inside the business and eventually arrested. He was booked into the Weld County Jail for aggravated motor vehicle theft, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, and false reporting to authorities.

Even though Kimberly’s car was recovered, and the case was closed, our detectives knew that was not what was most important to her. Detective Jerry Burrouhgs went to the jail to interview the suspect in an attempt to recover the really important things. After the interview with the suspect, Detective Burroughs was able to locate Kimberly’s parents and her father’s flag.

“While vehicles and most items can be replaced, there are some things that no amount of money could buy. For Ms. Magnusson and her son, that was her parent’s ashes and her father’s flag from his military service. I’m incredibly proud of the work Detective Burroughs and the entire unit did going above and beyond in this case to ultimately recover and return these irreplaceable items to the Magnusson family,’ said Detective Sergeant Pfeiler about the investigation.

We were very excited to be able to return these items to Kimberly’s son at the Greeley Police Department and we’re glad that Kimberly can be reunited with her parents.