Laidley resident Faye Kennedy still can’t understand why someone would steal the ashes of her daughter Deidre.
Laidley resident Faye Kennedy still can’t understand why someone would steal the ashes of her daughter Deidre. File

Theft of ashes shocks mum

FAYE Kennedy should have spent the weekend enjoying the rugby league grand final with family.

Instead, she spent the day lamenting the low act that had been inflicted on her a year earlier.

Mrs Kennedy's daughter Deidre was brutally assaulted and murdered as a toddler in 1973, in what was to become known as one of Ipswich's worst crimes.

For more than 30 years, Mrs Kennedy kept her daughter's ashes among other precious items.

Those memories were lost when thieves broke into her Laidley home during the National Rugby League grand final of 2010.

Not only did they take jewellery and a plaque dedicated to Deidre but, for reasons nobody seems to be able to work out, they also took the dead girl's ashes.

"It was a pretty low day on Sunday. I would usually go to my son's house to watch the footy but this year I stayed home," Mrs Kennedy said.

"It's something I still don't understand - not only why someone would want to steal the ashes, but also how it could happen without anyone reporting anything to police."

Despite exhaustive investigations just after the theft was reported last year, police have been unable to find out who broke into Mrs Kennedy's house.

Police interviewed about 40 people of interest - including individuals ranging in age from early teens to mid 40s - but had hit a block in investigations by midway through this year.

Several search warrants were also executed in that time.

Mrs Kennedy placed some flowers in her house at the weekend to remember her lost daughter.

"Some days I still get very cross and very emotional," she said.

"I know it's something I can't dwell on too much.

"I can't let it change anything in my heart and the way I remember Deidre."

While the lack of success in the investigation hasn't helped lift Mrs Kennedy's spirits, she said the level of support shown by the Laidley community had helped her live through the crime.

"I have lots of people coming to me at work - most days someone will ask if there's any new information in the case or any joy," Mrs Kennedy said.

"I respect the interest people have in the case."

Anyone with information that could assist police investigations should contact the Laidley Child Protection and Investigation Unit on 5466 8033.

"I can't let it change anything in my heart and the way I remember Deidre."


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