LIVONIA, Mich. (WXYZ) - The urn of a fallen soldier was stolen from a parked car in Livonia on July 8 and now Crimestoppers is offering a reward for help in solving the case.
The teal and black urn containing the ashes of 21-year-old Brian Backus was stolen last month out of a Ford Mustang sitting in a driveway on Arcola Road at Howell Road in Livonia.
The urn belonged to Mike Oliver II. He was best friend's with Brian Backus. After Private Backus was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan, his family gave Mike some of Backus' ashes.
MIke's father says "My son's totally devastated. This is the first time that he's been without him (Brian)."
Crime Stoppers reports the thief also took other items including a GPS and an army uniform.
Backus served as a private in the United States Army and was the father of a 3-year-old boy.
"We suspect they didn' t know what they had. They probably think it's just a cute little vase, but it's more than that to a lot of people," says Oliver.
Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.
Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-SPEAK-UP or 1-800-773-2587. You can remain anonymous.
If the tip comes in by midnight on Friday, the reward is $2,000.
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