ALOHA, Ore. (KOIN) — When Karin Bishop came home from work on January 19, “nothing was right. Everything was off when I walked in.”

Her home on SW 199th Court in Aloha was burglarized. She said she “was shaken to the core.”

She called 911 to report the burglary and at the time she wasn’t sure if the burglar was still in her home.

“There were signs that the burglar, the suspect in this case, had been there pretty recently,” Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian van Kleef said. “In fact, our victim may have actually interrupted the burglary in process.”

An urn containing human remains — similar to this one — was stolen from a widow in Aloha on January 19, 2022 (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies arrived with a K-9, but the burglar got away.

As if the burglary wasn’t invasive enough, Karin realized valuables, such as her jewelry was gone. But something much more valuable was stolen.

It was her husband James’ ashes. He died on Christmas Day 7 years ago. She kept them in a little blue velvet box with a small blue heart-shaped urn inside. On it the inscription said: “James Arthur Bishop, My Love.”

“He taught me how to fly fish; He tied flies. We went motorcycling together, we golfed together. We did everything together,” Karin said.

“The person who took it, I’m sure he didn’t realize what he had,” she said.

In the days since the burglary, there is no suspect description and no trace of the urn.

“It has shaken her and made her concerned for her own safety,” van Kleef said. “And on top of that, she lost something extremely valuable to her.”

An urn containing human remains — similar to this one — was stolen from a widow in Aloha on January 19, 2022 (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

James and Karin were married for 26 years. Now Karin’s only hope is that someone will have the heart to bring him home to her.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503.629.0111. The case number is 50-22-951.