Cremated remains of boy who died in plane crash stolen

Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

EDMONTON - A Manitoba family at the centre of a tragic plane crash last winter are dealing with more heartache.

In February 2013, David and Crystal Pentecost experienced a pain no parents should ever have to feel.

Their nine-year-old son Dawson was one of four people on board a private plane heading from Waskada to Brandon, Man., when it crashed into a farmer’s field north of Waskada. The impact killed all passengers on board.

Crushed by the loss of their child, the Pentecosts had Dawson’s remains cremated and placed in specially made necklaces that each family member wears around their neck. About a month after moving to Edmonton, however, one of those necklaces was stolen from David’s truck. The family is now desperately pleading for its return.



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“This is Dawson. He’s nine. We lost him in a plane crash with three friends February 10, 2013,” said an emotional Crystal as she stood outside police headquarters Tuesday holding a picture of her son.

“I’m not angry at anybody. I would just like it returned. It’s my son and it belongs with us.”

Police believe the theft occurred some time during the evening of July 17 or on the morning of the 18th. A suspect broke into a red and black four-door Dodge Ram and tried to steal the vehicle. When the theft failed, he stole a gold and silver cross necklace hanging from the rear view mirror, along with approximately $20 in loose change.

The thief is described as a male in his late teens or early 20s with short curly blonde hair. He was seen wearing red and white shorts, and took off on foot through an alley to the north before heading east through a backyard.

“When they told me what had been taken it was heart breaking,” said Const. Mike Roblin with downtown division, adding the thief likely had no idea of the sentimental value.

“It’s one of those things that insurance can’t cover this, you can’t replace.”

The Pentecost family moved to Edmonton at the end of June in search of a new beginning. They’ve been staying with a family member at Sandy Lake until they could move into their own home at the end of August.

David’s work truck was parked in the back of the home when it was broken into. Crystal’s brother-in-law called to deliver the bad news.

“I was still laying in bed and I could hear my husband say ‘Just tell me one thing, just tell me Dawson’s ashes are still there.’ And they weren’t,” said Crystal, describing her son as a funny, smart, quiet angelic boy who loved his hockey.

“The reason we moved here is because . . . there has to be a reason to pack that dresser and go through his stuff. It was like losing him again.”

Dawson’s younger brother attended a program in Manitoba for kids who have lost people close to them. Crystal said he hung his necklace in the truck because it was something Dawson loved.

“He thought it would be appropriate to be in dad’s truck and he could come for all the rides he wants,” she said. “We’ve left it there and it’s never moved until now.”

The cross is described as approximately 4 cm in height and 2 cm in width with five crystals. Anyone who has information about the crime is asked to call 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone.

pamela.roth@sunmedia.ca

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