Craig Sailor / The Information Tribune
Former Pierce County Council member Tim Farrell’s automotive was stolen outdoors his central Tacoma residence Wednesday night. Inside the grey 1990 Honda Civic had been the cremated stays of Farrell’s father.
Each had been nonetheless lacking Thursday morning.
Farrell’s father, Mike Farrell, died in February. The retired U.S. Marine Corps Reserve sergeant was cremated in California and his ashes had been positioned into two purple packing containers.
Tim Farrell drove them again to Tacoma considering he would discover a spot alongside the way in which to unfold them.
As an alternative, he discovered his father’s ashes comforting on the lengthy journey residence.
“As a result of we all the time did household highway journeys,” Farrell mentioned. “Yearly, we’d continuously go as much as the mountains.”
Farrell saved one container of cremains in his automotive and one other in his truck.
On Wednesday, whereas Farrell was out of city on enterprise, the automotive was stolen from outdoors his residence close to Tacoma Basic Hospital. The theft is one among 1000’s of vehicle thefts within the county this 12 months. In 2021, auto theft jumped 66 % in Tacoma.
“As somebody who’s a former elected, I am very dissatisfied within the route the town goes,” Farrell mentioned. Farrell served on the council from 2005-2012.
Tacoma Police spokesperson Wendy Haddow confirmed Thursday the automotive as been reported and logged as stolen.
“Any legislation enforcement officer stopping it’s going to know it’s stolen,” Haddow mentioned.
Mike Farrell had a effectively developed sense of gallows humor, his son mentioned. He had informed Farrell he did not care what occurred to his stays.
“I determine there’s part of him that will be laughing and one other a part of him that is like, ‘I will hang-out you till the day you die,'” Farrell mentioned.
Farrell is, after all, hoping the automotive and his father’s ashes are discovered.
“I feel that is pushing me to now discover some place everlasting for him,” he mentioned.