Family's grief doubles after thief take son's urn in NW Harris County: 'We just want it back'

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Family's grief doubles after thieves take son's urn
A family didn't know their short hotel stay in Houston would result in something that would make their grief for their lost son even deeper.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A family from North Carolina is asking for help after somebody broke into their car in northwest Harris County, taking several items, including an urn that holds the ashes of their son.

"Just going back without him is very painful," explained April Lundgren.

The Lundgrens stayed at Wyndham Garden Hotel Willowbrook on Friday, Nov. 19. The following Saturday, at about 5:15 a.m., they say somebody broke into their car while they slept.

Hotel staff said they have turned over surveillance video to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Investigators told April's husband, Chris Lundgren, the video shows a man breaking a car window, and then getting into the late model Nissan.

"The first thing he grabbed was our son's urn, put that in his vehicle, then proceeded to go back in. (He) stole some new Western boots my wife and daughter bought and stole my wife's purse," he explained.

Their beloved son, Blake Alexander Wade Elom, died in a crash in 2020.

"It means everything. We lost our son last September and this is all we have left of him other than memories," April said. "He was so full of life. He had four sisters. He loved playing pranks on them. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone. He was very caring and loving."

The family is now offering a cash reward for anybody who can lead to the urn. If you have any information on its whereabouts, contact the Harris County Sheriff's Office. The hotel is independently owned and operated, and managers there declined to comment on the theft.

"We just want it back, no questions asked. We don't care about any of the other items. We don't care about what took place," Chris said. "All that stuff is replaceable, fixable. We just want Blake back."

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