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Officers dive into dumpsters in search of stolen veteran’s ashes

WENDOVER — Officers went to great lengths in search of the stolen, cremated remains of a military veteran destined for California.

They literally went dumpster diving.

“They checked every public garbage can and every public dumpster, up to and including getting inside and looking, but to no avail,” said Wendover Public Safety Director Ken Quirk.

He added the thief ransacked the uniforms and American flags inside the private transport van, before taking the military veteran’s remains.

The transport driver is devastated.

“The victim told me he doesn’t care about the crime itself, or recovering the electronics” that were also stolen from the van, Quirk said. “All he really wants is the ashes back.”

The veteran’s family in California was waiting for them.