DEIDRE Kennedy was found dead in 1973.
DEIDRE Kennedy was found dead in 1973.

Woman hopes for ashes return

IT’S not going to be easy, but Faye Kennedy is trying to focus on the positives this Christmas.

Nearly three months after her daughter Deidre’s ashes were stolen by thieves, Mrs Kennedy is still hoping that they’ll be returned to her one day.

Police also haven’t given up hope of finding out who broke into the Laidley grandmother’s low-set brick home on the afternoon of October 3.

“It’s disappointing because I thought someone might come forward after all the media attention died down,” Mrs Kennedy, 61, said.

“Some days I’m really low and other days I think I’m just not going to give up hope.”

Mrs Kennedy had been at her son’s house in the neighbouring town of Plainland, watching the NRL grand final, when the thieves struck.

They busted a lock to a memory chest dedicated to Deidre, stealing an urn of her ashes, a plaque, baby bracelet and broach, an Easter egg and other items from her 17-month life.

Deidre was kidnapped from her cot in her parents’ Ipswich home in April 1973.

She was later found on the roof of a toilet block in Limestone Park.

She’d been beaten and sexually assaulted.

Raymond John Carroll was twice convicted of the murder but both the convictions were overturned by the Court of Appeal.

News of the theft of Deidre’s ashes 37 years after the event angered the community but also drummed up plenty of local support for Mrs Kennedy and her family.

Staff at the Exchange Hotel in Laidley have raised thousands of dollars for a reward for anyone with information that could result in the return of the ashes.

“The support from the people in town has been great,” she said.

“There wouldn’t be a day that goes by where people don’t ask me how things are going – if they’ve found the ashes yet.”

Mrs Kennedy made an impassioned plea for anyone with knowledge of what happened to either return the ashes or to contact police.

Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if you can help.

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