- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana woman is crediting social media for helping her recover her mother’s ashes after they were stolen from a family vehicle.

Sara Showalter told the Palladium-Item (http://pinews.co/1KYOqN0 ) that the remains of Kathleen Hasson were taken from a family vehicle on Wednesday night. Showalter said she feared her mother’s ashes had been dumped in the trash.

“There are some things that you cannot ever, ever replace,” Showalter said. “And I had to come to terms very quickly that I might not get her back.”

She decided to post about the theft on Facebook and asked friends to spread the word. The post was shared hundreds of times, and Showalter received a Facebook message from a woman who works at a local drugstore, asking her to call immediately.

The employee had known about Hasson’s death on Dec. 20 because of Facebook, but only knew how to contact Showalter through the website.

Showalter contacted the woman and learned that a man had shown up at the store with a box of remains he claimed had been delivered to his address by mistake. She retrieved the remains Monday afternoon.

“Everything was intact, and I got her back,” Showalter said. “I’m overjoyed right now.”

She said she was overwhelmed by the community’s support and the power of social media.

“The outpouring of support has been so amazing,” Showalter said. “I just want to thank everybody who didn’t know me who wanted to help.”

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Information from: Palladium-Item, http://www.pal-item.com

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